Volunteers needed to help lay wreaths at Arlington Cemetery

Area cemetery to be part of Wreaths Across America

In St. Tammany Parish, volunteers will place wreaths on graves at both Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery near Slidell and the historic Mandeville Cemetery. Anyone wishing to volunteer to help lay the wreaths need only to show up at Memorial Cemetery at any point.

More than 14,000 attendees attended the ceremony in 2016, organizers said.

The Hampton event is part of Wreaths Across America, a nationwide campaign that includes ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and 1,200 locations nationwide and overseas.

For the sixth year, the Coastal Bend Veterans State Cemetery, located at 9974 I-37 Access Rd, will participate in the National Wreaths Across America ceremony that honors fallen veterans.

Wreaths Across America was established with the mission of "Remember, Honor, Teach".

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Along with delivering and hanging wreaths in the cemetery, volunteers witness a ceremony honoring each branch of the United States armed forces, including the Navy, the Army and more. "This year we're hoping for more since the weather will be better". The community, however, came together and made up the difference, she said, including some individuals and organizations doubling their donations to make sure there was a wreath for every grave this season. If you have a veteran family member buried there, you will have an opportunity to place the wreath at the ceremony and become a part of it.

Throughout the year, families visit the graves of veteran family members to place flowers and pay their respects. In 2016, over 1.2 million wreaths were laid across America and beyond.

Parking will be at the back of the Bath VA museum building.

"This experience followed him throughout his life and successful career, reminding him that his good fortune was due, in large part, to the values of this nation and the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country", read Wreaths Across America's website.

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