Wreath Day is almost here

14 Dec

We’re just a few days away from Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday Dec. 17, when the Webster community will come together to place a wreath on the grave of every veteran resting in Webster Union Cemetery.

We’re talking 650 wreaths, so we really need a lot of help from the community. This is a great opportunity for entire families to come out to honor our veterans, and perhaps begin a brand new holiday tradition. The ceremony will begin at noon at the cemetery, 345 Webster Rd., at the corner of Rt. 250 and Woodhull. Click here to sign up, and plan to arrive a little early so you don’t miss any of this solemn observance.

In the meantime, stay tuned for news about when the Wreaths Across America truck will be driving through town to deliver our wreaths to Webster Union Cemetery. The latest update indicated the truck might be arriving as soon as Thursday afternoon, or perhaps Friday morning. We’d like to get as many Webster residents out on the streets as possible as the truck passes, to cheer it on. The Webster PD will be providing an escort, and the fire departments are hoping to hang a huge flag between two ladder trucks, depending on how much lead time they have to set it up.

I’ll post more details as soon as I get them on my Webster on the Web Facebook page.

Here’s a fun side note: the truck drivers, who transport about 3 million wreaths from Maine to more than 3,700 cemeteries all across the country, all volunteer their time, their trucks, and the cost of gas. So when they arrive at each town, it’s customary to present them with a gift bag as our thanks.

Webster Union Cemetery and the Blue Star Mothers have put a thank-you bag together for our driver, filled with snacks, Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards, nuts and everything in between. Location Coordinator Cherie Wood said that it’s kind of got “the entire junk food aisle of Wegmans” in it and weighs about 20 pounds.

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(posted 12/14/2022)

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