WATERTOWN — The Trumbull-Porter Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, in conjunction with the Waterbury Veterans Memorial Committee and the Watertown-Oakville Veterans Council, sponsored a Wreaths Across America ceremony at noon Saturday, December 14, to honor veterans, including the 82 known veterans buried in the Old Burying Ground.
There were participants from Watertown, the VFW Post 7330 in Oakville and members of the Bethlehem Elementary School fourth grade Student Council who helped to place the wreaths on the veterans’ graves.
The ceremony took place at the Depot Street entrance to the Old Burying Ground.
Speakers were state Senator Eric C. Berthel, Commander Paul Wozniak of VFW Post 7330 and Roy Cavanaugh, Watertown Director of Public Works.
Bob Dorr, secretary/treasurer and John Sarlo of the Waterbury Veterans Memorial Committee were the masters of ceremony.
“We also want to thank all the volunteers, the public, our chapter members and the members of Watertown Parks and Recreation for their help in making this a very special event,” said DAR member Freda Carreiro.
During the ceremony, wreaths were placed in honor of Gold Star Mothers, the U.S. Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and the more than 93,000 servicemen from all branches whose last known status was either Prisoner of War or Missing in Action.
At the conclusion of the formal ceremony, wreaths were placed on graves of the 82 known veterans from the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and the Civil War..
Wreaths Across America is a national non-profit organization founded in 1992.
In 2015, Wreaths Across America and its network of volunteers laid more than 700,000 memorial wreaths at 1,000 locations in the U.S. and beyond, including ceremonies at the Pearl Harbor Memorial, Bunker Hill, Valley Forge and the sites of the September 11 tragedies.
This was accomplished with help from 2,047 fundraising groups, corporate contributions, donations of trucking and shipping and thousands of helping hands.
The WAA goal of covering Arlington National Cemetery was accomplished in 2015 with the placement of more than 241,000 wreaths.