Wreaths Across America honors Elmore, Genoa veterans

Woman stands before gravestone with wreathThe Ottawa County Wreath Committee is bringing Wreaths Across America to veteran’s graves in the Genoa and Elmore area cemeteries on Dec. 14. With the help of local residents, the committee will place over 1,600 Christmas wreaths at the final resting place of the Ottawa County heroes.

The mission of Wreaths Across America is to: “Remember, Honor, Teach.” That will be carried out by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies in December at cemeteries in all 50 states and beyond. The event is made possible by thousands of volunteers who organize local ceremonies, raise funds to sponsor wreaths, and participate in the events.

The Ottawa County Wreath Committee is inviting the public to attend one or more of our ceremonies and help them say our heroes names so they are not forgotten, as well as place a Christmas wreath on the grave of an American hero.

There will be a ceremony at Clay Township Cemetery and Harris Elmore Union Cemetery beginning at 11 a.m. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the wreaths will be placed.

“We are looking forward to another beautiful, yet somber day of remembrance,” said Committee Member Sara Toris. “Thank you for your consideration, support, and we look forward to seeing you on National Wreaths Across America Day!”

Should anyone have questions, Toris can be reached at the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office, 419-898-2089.

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