The Delaware General Assembly will host a Wreaths Across America ceremony on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. and the public is invited. State House ceremonies in all 50 states and Washington D.C., are part of a week-long celebration of America’s veterans and their service to our country, with a particular focus on family during the holidays.
Volunteers conduct the WAA State House Ceremonies each year in their state capitols. “This nationwide program is about remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms,” said Lori Christiansen, event coordinator. The originator of the wreath laying program was Morrill Worcester, owner of a wreath making company in Maine who in 1991 donated and delivered wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery to be placed on the graves of the fallen. The WAA program’s mission of “Remember, Honor, Teach,” spreads the message of the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms. A large wreath honoring all five branches of the armed forces will placed at the base of the Delaware Continentals Statue. Additional wreaths will be laid at four locations on the grounds of Legislative Hall, at the new Gulf War Memorial, the Dover Light Infantry Memorial Wreath, the World War II Memorial and the Medal of Honor Memorial. Dave Skocik, president of the Delaware Veterans Coalition, will provide welcoming remarks and act as the Master of Ceremonies.
“The simple act of laying these wreaths will honor their legacies and serve as a visible reminder of their sacrifices,” said State Representative Earl Jaques, Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Delaware Senator Bruce C. Ennis, Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, agreed. “Delaware is proud to participate in the Wreaths Across America Program at its capital in Dover. The mission is to remember, honor and teach, by laying wreaths at the capitals in all 50 states, as well as at Arlington and all veterans cemeteries.”
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