Wreaths Across America ceremony honored fallen veterans

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Island veterans participated in a special Wreaths Across America ceremony on Friday, Dec. 14, in honor of the men and women who gave their lives in service to their country.

Dukes County Director of Veterans Services Jo Ann Murphy conducted the ceremony held at the directory at the Avenue of Flags in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven. A group of veterans placed holiday wreaths at the directory to represent each branch of military service, as well as prisoners of war and those missing in action, in honor of the men and women who gave their lives in service to their country. In addition to community members, students from Tisbury School attended.

Similar ceremonies took place in more than 500 locations in the U.S. and around the world on Saturday. The Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine, donated the specially made holiday wreaths to all of them. The program is an addition to the wreath company’s 21-year annual tradition of providing more than 5,000 holiday wreaths, one for every headstone, at Arlington National Cemetery. Ms. Murphy arranged for the Vineyard’s participation in the Wreaths Across America program starting in 2006.