‘Wreaths Across America’ honors deceased veterans during Christmas season

Wreaths Across America celebrated at Tonaquint Cemetery, St. George, Utah, Dec. 12, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – The St. George Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol has worked hard to ensure deceased veterans from St. George are not forgotten this holiday season. Saturday is “National Wreaths Across America Day,” and in St. George a remembrance ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the Tonaquint Cemetery. The ceremony is meant to ensure that the 650 individuals buried there who served to protect the freedoms of our country are not, and never will be, forgotten.

Wreaths Across America celebrated at the Shivwits Band of Paiutes Cemetery, Shivwits, Utah, Dec. 12, 2015 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News
Wreaths Across America celebrated at the Shivwits Band of Paiutes Cemetery, Shivwits, Utah, Dec. 12, 2015 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

In addition, a ceremony honoring the Native American veterans buried at the Shivwits Band of Paiutes Cemetery located just off Old Highway 91 will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

The public is encouraged to attend either or both ceremonies and to honor the veterans by helping place the wreaths.

“We are not here to decorate graves. We’re here to remember not their deaths, but their lives.” Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America, said. “We are so humbled that the community of St George is participating in our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.”

About Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies each December at Arlington, as well as over 1,000 veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.  For more information, to donate or to sign up to volunteer, go to the Wreaths Across America website.

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Event details

  • What: Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremony.
  • When: Saturday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m.; Shivwits Band of Paiutes ceremony, 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: Tonaquint Cemetery, 1777 S. Dixie Drive, St. George | Shivwits Band of Paiutes Cemetery, off Old Highway 91.
  • Resources: For more information contact Les Joslin by phone at 435-668-0749 or email at les.joslin@utwg.org.

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1 Comment

  • .... December 13, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    This is a great article and is well written. this is a wonderful project and I would like to thank all those involved in making this possible. it’s always a good idea to stop along the way to remember those that sacrificed for our freedom’s and way of life. Praise the Lord

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