(Posted Dec. 22, 2020)
On Dec. 19, the Monroe Winners 4-H Club participated in Wreaths Across America (WWA). The ceremony took place at Plumwood Cemetery at noon, timed to coincide with ceremonies being held at Arlington National Cemetery and more than 2,500 other locations across America.
Through WWA, private citizens and organizations donate funds to purchase live wreaths to be placed on the headstones of military veterans’ graves. WWA’s mission is to remember the fallen, honor those that serve and their families, and teach the next generation about the value of freedom.
This is the second year the Monroe Winners 4-H Club has participated in the project.
“We had hoped to lay wreaths on the over 150 military graves (at Plumwood Cemetery) but were unable to fundraise this year,” said Wendy Hall, club advisor.
Instead, the club placed seven wreaths at the cemetery, one for each branch of the military–Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard–and two for the Merchant Marines and POW/MIA.
WAA is holding a matching funds event through Jan. 15. Anyone who would like to help the Monroe Winners reach their goal can visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org to learn more about how to donate. WAA will maintain any donations made through the Monroe Winners 4-H Club to purchase more wreaths for Plumwood Cemetery.