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Wreaths Across America event set for this weekend in Rock Hill

Wreaths Across America event set for this weekend in Rock Hill

Jason L. Davis is decorated by his mother Diane Travis as a wreath is placed at each grave at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, during Wreaths Across America Day. The event started in 1992 at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C., and now has sites in every state.

The public is invited to attend and asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m. Remembering his boyhood experience at Arlington, Worcester realized he had an opportunity to honor our country's veterans.

"We are not here to 'decorate graves, '" said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America.

The project received national attention in 2005, when a photo of the headstones with Worcester's wreaths circulated on the internet.

In 2008, over 300 locations held wreath-laying ceremonies in every state, Puerto Rico and 24 overseas cemeteries.

The Grants Pass Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol and VFW Post will host the Wreaths Across America Ceremony at Hawthorne Memorial Gardens on Saturday.

National nonprofit Wreaths Across America has announced that Forest Hill Cemetery in Fredonia, at 55 Lambert Ave., will be joining in the effort to support the mission to Remember, Honor, Teach, as an official location for 2017.

"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.

While the entire county was covered in 2014 and 2015, with over 5,000 graves at 28 cemeteries, it cost around $50,000, with much of that coming out of the veterans service office's budget.

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