FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cassandra Lafser (407) 246-2182
Heather Fagan (407) 246-3423
The City of Orlando Honors Local Veterans with Wreaths Across America Day at Greenwood Cemetery
On Saturday, December 13, residents and visitors are invited to Greenwood Cemetery to honor veterans during the holiday season as part of the national Wreaths Across America Day.
As part of the event, Corporal Larry E. Smedley Detachment 064 of the U.S. Marine Corps League will host a ceremony that honors veterans from all branches of the military: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and POW/MIA.
This year’s event will also honor the late U.S. Marine Corps League Commandant Steve Noble. Noble was instrumental in bringing the Wreaths Across America Day event to the Central Florida area and served as project chairman of Orlando’s first event in December of 2010.
City Commissioners Patty Sheehan and Robert F. Stuart will assist the Noble family in placing the first wreath at the event on their son’s gravestone. Immediately following, volunteers will place more than 600 wreaths in the American Legion/Military section of the Greenwood Cemetery. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and volunteer to place wreaths.
Jersey Mike’s Subs Central Florida stores through their customers and employees efforts, along with local citizens, raised and donated the funds to purchase the more than 600 wreaths for the ceremony.
Wreaths Across America Day began more than 20 years ago when the Worcester Wreath Company from Harrington, Maine, initiated a tradition of donating and placing wreaths on the headstones of our nation’s fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Ceremony begins at 12 p.m.
Greenwood Cemetery – Military section
1603 Greenwood Street
East of Mills Avenue and south of the East-West Expressway