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Annual wreath laying ceremony honors the fallen

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The Auburn Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol will host its annual Wreaths across America event at noon Dec. 15 at the Fort Mitchell National Cemetery on Alabama state Highway 165.

“The goal of this event is to remember, honor and teach … during this holiday season,” said Maj. Christopher Tate, Auburn Composite Squadron commander. “Honor those who have and are currently serving in our Armed Forces, as well as their Family members, and to teach our youth the cost of freedom and the sacrifices made on their behalf.”

The event includes a short ceremony and then around 500 wreaths will be laid on the headstones, he said.

Attendees are invited to help lay the wreaths on the headstones. The organization also honors specific wreath laying requests, Tate said, to Family members or friends buried at the cemetery. To do so, contact Tate with the name, section and plot number of the gravesite. Requests will be taken up until the day of the event. Requests will also be honored with personalized photos of wreaths being laid on specific headstones.

Individuals can also bring their own live wreaths but they must be no larger than 12-inches in diameter and must have only one red bow on it.

For more information about the event or to contact Tate, email him at christophertate@charter.net. It’s suggested to RSVP on their Facebook event page at www.facebook.com/events/409125485811410/ and click “attend.” To learn more about Wreaths Across America visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

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