Wreath laying at Princeton Cemetery Saturday

The Wreaths Across America ceremony will be Saturday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Princeton Cemetery, located on Dr. Donnie H. Jones Jr. Boulevard.

Princeton Cemetery is the only Johnston County cemetery participating in this national event.

Wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery are coordinated with over 1,000 locations across the nation to honor fallen U.S. veterans.

Of the 250 veterans’ graves at the Princeton Cemetery, 50 will have sponsored wreaths. For graves without sponsored wreaths, greenery tied with red ribbon and an American Flag for will be placed.

Volunteers who would like to help place the wreaths and greenery should meet at the cemetery at 10:30 a.m.

A short program will be held at 11 a.m.

As each wreath is placed the veterans name is read aloud and a moment taken to thank them for their service.

Wreaths Across America does not decorate headstones. The organization honors all veterans and active military members by placing wreaths on the headstones of veterans.

The fresh evergreens have been used for centuries as a symbol recognizing honor and as a living tribute renewed annually. The organization wants people to see the tradition as a living memorial to veterans and their families.

Terri Sutton and Craig Casey are co-chairing the Princeton event.

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