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									(Date here) Local Civil Air Patrol unit to honor veterans with wreath-laying
(DATELINE, e.g. DAYTON, EL PASO) – Members of (name of CAP unit) will lay wreaths Dec. 13 at (name of cemetery) to honor veterans who served our country as well as current military members. The squadron’s efforts coincide with tributes occurring simultaneously across the nation during Wreaths Across America observances. (Describe specifics, time, and location and activity) In what is now very much a holiday tradition, Civil Air Patrol is partnering with Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization with a mission to remember, honor and teach about the service and sacrifices of our nation's veterans. Veteran memorials and gravesites across the nation will be adorned with remembrance wreaths on Dec. 13 in stirring, solemn tributes to the courage and sacrifice of those who have guarded and preserved our nation’s freedom throughout history. CAP units will lead almost half of roughly 350 observances this year and will participate with other color and honor guards at many additional locations. CAP cadets and officers will lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery that morning as well. Arlington wreath-laying ceremonies are scheduled to commence at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 13, culminating with a nationwide ceremony and moment of remembrance at noon EST. All Wreaths Across America participants nationwide, including members of (name of CAP unit), will adorn veterans’ graves with remembrance wreaths concurrently with the Arlington celebration at noon. Arlington observances will conclude with a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Members of the public have sponsored placement of more than 100,000 wreaths on veterans’ graves across the U.S., an increase of nearly 70,000 wreaths from 2007. These wreaths will be placed in ceremonies at cemeteries in all 50 states. Worcester Wreath Co. donated more than 17,000 wreaths for the remembrances, 10,000 of which will be placed at Arlington National Cemetery. The 10,000 wreaths designated for Arlington will be transported on a 750-mile journey from Harrington, Maine, after a sendoff ceremony on Dec. 7 and will arrive at Arlington Dec. 13. The route is one the longest annual veterans’ celebrations as patriotic Americans, veterans groups and other local organizations show their support for the project with parades and ceremonies at more than 20 stops along the way. The wreaths also will be escorted by as many as 600 to 700 motorcyclists from the Patriot Guard Riders, an organization of more than 122,000 whose primary mission is to attend the funerals of fallen heroes nationwide. Following the Arlington National Cemetery wreath-layings, Civil Air Patrol National Commander Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter will host a reception at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial for VIPs and for CAP members who laid wreaths at Arlington during the morning. The reception honors Karen and Morrill Worcester, owners of Worcester Wreath Co. A special wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the memorial following the reception. In addition, on Dec. 10, 51 wreaths will be donated for a special wreath-laying ceremony at each state capitol. And, on Dec. 8, Civil Air Patrol’s National Honor Guard will take part in a special ceremonial holiday wreath-laying at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., which also will feature a wreath provided by Worcester Wreath Co. “Our mission is to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom,” said Karen Worcester, Wreaths Across America executive director. “Thousands of CAP members last year participated and helped us to do just that, and this year’s Wreaths Across America promises to take this worthwhile endeavor to even greater heights.” “As an organization filled with many current and former military members, Civil Air Patrol is honored and proud to have this opportunity to salute America’s veterans who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we enjoy. CAP members’ dedication to serving their communities above and beyond the call of duty is evidenced by their participation in the wreath laying ceremonies at Arlington and at veterans’ cemeteries across the nation, as well as their leadership in helping the public share in these patriotic observances through wreath sponsorships," said Courter.

Wreaths Across America began in 2006 as an offshoot of the Arlington National Cemetery wreath project, which was started in 1992 with the annual placement of wreaths donated by Worcester Wreath Co. Wreaths Across America ceremonies were conducted largely by CAP wings and squadrons with the help of veterans’ organizations; private citizens; the Maine State Society of Washington, D.C., which annually assists with the laying of wreaths at Arlington; and the Patriot Guard Riders. In its first year, Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremonies were held at more than 240 national and state veterans’ cemeteries across the country and in Puerto Rico. Tobin Slaven, Wreaths Across America spokesperson, also applauds the relationship between Worcester Wreath and CAP. “It really has been phenomenal. Civil Air Patrol has been a driving force behind Wreaths Across America’s growth over the last several years,” Slaven said. Visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org for more information about Wreaths Across America and participating locations. Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 57,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 90 lives in fiscal year 2008. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 22,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for more than 67 years. Contact: Julie DeBardelaben Deputy Director Public Affairs Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters W: (877) 227-9142 Ext. 250 C: (334) 462-5305 jdebardelaben@capnhq.gov www.gocivilairpatrol.com Steve Cox Public Affairs Manager Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters W: (877) 227-9142 Ext. 251 C: (334) 296-5881 scox@capnhq.gov


								
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