This Saturday, members of the San Angelo community will gather together to honor veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day.

The San Angelo Composite Squadron and Texas Leadership Charter Academy Cadet Squadron have volunteered to conduct the WAA ceremony this year  at 11:00 a.m. at the All Veteran Cemetery Plot at Belvedere Memorial Park on Arden Road.   Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember all soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who served, honor their sacrifices, and teach our younger generations about the high cost of our freedoms.

Specially designated wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and POW/MIA will be placed on memorials during a ceremony that will be coordinated simultaneously at over 750 participating locations all across the Country.

In 2012 it is projected that over 400,000 wreaths will be placed nationwide, by over 150,000 volunteers as part of the Wreaths Across America mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach.

The Wreaths Across AmericaTM story began over 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. Recognition of the service and sacrifice of our veterans, and their families, is especially poignant during the traditional holiday season.

If you would like to sponsor a wreath for 2013, or would like more information about events planned for San Angelo, please call Dana Gray at 325-234-1837 for more information.

Information provided by the Civil Air Patrol.