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DAR thanks wreath donors, volunteers – Elkin Jonesville Tribune

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				                                Volunteers place wreaths on the graves of veterans at Elkin’s Hollywood Cemetery as part of National Wreaths Across America Day 2020.

Volunteers place wreaths on the graves of veterans at Elkin’s Hollywood Cemetery as part of National Wreaths Across America Day 2020.

In December nearly 100 wreaths were placed on the graves of veterans in Elkin. The wreath laying ceremony was organized by the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter as part of National Wreaths Across America Day.

Event organizer Becky Dursee, said, “The Jonathan Hunt Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is grateful to the donors and volunteers who laid 99 wreaths on veterans’ graves at the Hollywood Cemetery Wreaths Across America ceremony.”

The ceremony, which included special music and presentations from members of the Overmountain Victory Trail group, was one of more than 2,500 such events happening simultaneously across the country.

During the Elkin event held on Dec. 19, 2020, Dr. Alex Snyder shared a brief history of Wreaths Across America which began in 1992 with Maine businessman Morrill Worcester who placed extra wreaths on the graves of veterans at Arlington Cemetery. The non-profit organization has now expanded to place wreaths at veterans graves all across the country with a mission to remember the fallen U.S. veterans, honor those who served and teach children the value of freedom.

“The 2020 theme for Wreaths Across America has been ‘Be an American worth fighting for,’ and this year I have been blessed to see my fair share,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America. “The determination of the American people and their commitment to the mission to Remember, Honor, Teach, made it possible for us to move forward this year, safely. We are humbled, and forever grateful for the outpouring of support from all across the country.”

Donors for the first Wreaths Across America celebration in Elkin included Nickayla Myers Garner in Memory of Mark Garner, Adam McComb, Aileen Cahill, Alex and Carol Synder, Gayle Altemueller in Memory of Phil Altemueller, Joseph and Angelika March, Dee Neil in Memory of Joe Hicks, Tom Gwyn, Alexa Lyles, Jennifer Swaim, Larry and Carolyn Macemore, Dale Cromartie, Will Holthouser, Mike and Carol McDowell, Kent Eidson, Louise Laxton Cockerham, Sister Janis McQuade, Pam Fencl, Doris Watson, Jeannette and Frank Hendrick in Memory of Mack Hendrick, Jeff Edison, Kate Henning, Melissa Tharpe in Memory of Earl William York, Jeannie Underdown Collins in Memory of Jack Underdown, Fran Smitherman, Ann Merlo, John Kennedy, James Gray in Memory of Lucy Gray, Will Gwyn, Greenhill Environmental, Molli Jo Johnson in Memory of Joe R Johnson, Molly Smith, Carolyn Dickson in Memory of David C. Dickson, Bradley Dunn, Liz Bacon, Ed Callaway, Zetta Parks, Randy Casstevens, Ann McNeil Rogers, Johnny and Becky Charles, Dillon and Louise Neaves, Watsons Florist, Karl Stevenson, Sons of the American Revolution and Elkin Parks and Recreation.

Plans are already in the works for the 2021 Wreaths Across America Day which is slated for December 18, 2021, at Hollywood Cemetery.

“Our goal is to lay a wreath on more than 150 veteran graves this year,” said Dursee.

This year’s theme is “Live Their Legacy.” The wreaths are $15 each, with $5 going to the DAR for local school scholarships. Donations can be made online at Wreaths Across America.org (location ID NC0394P) or by mailing checks to Becky Dursee, PO Box 251, Elkin, NC 28621. Dursee may also be reached by email at durseeb@yahoo.com.

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

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