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Scouts honor fallen soldiers at National Cemetery
Polk County Enterprise - December 2008
LIVINGSTON — Boy Scout Troop 97 of Livingston participated in the Wreaths Across America ceremonies at Houston National Veterans Cemetery Dec. 13, honoring the fallen soldiers interred there. The scouts joined Gold Star Mothers and hundreds of others at the wreath laying ceremony that included a fl yover by Apache helicopters. Pam Moore and her husband, Dennis of Livingston are the parents of PFC Stuart Moore who was killed by an IED blast in Baghdad, Iraq Dec. 22, 2003. As a youth, Moore was a member of Troop 97 and current members of the troop 97 were seated alongside Pam Moore in the section reserved for the Gold Star Mothers. The Wreaths Across America story began over 15 years ago when Worchester Wreath Company, a for-profi t commercial business from Harrington, Maine, began a tradition of placing wreaths on the headstones of our nation’s fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery during the holidays, Since 1993, Worcester Wreath has donated 90,000 wreaths that are placed by volunteers in ceremonies each December, In December 2007, 286 participating locations hosted Wreaths Across America ceremonies overseeing the placement of 32,553 wreaths on the headstones of those who served and sacrificed for their country and our freedoms, Communities and organizations across the country have adopted the mission by holding ceremonies and placing wreaths on headstones of fallen veterans. In 2008, participation will exceed 350 locations and 100,000 wreathes, Morrill Worcester, president of Worcester Wreath Company created the nonprofit organization Wreaths Across America in 2007, in response to mail and requests from supporters around the country after learning of the Arlington wreath project. “Our goal is to expand the recognition of those who serve our country, both past, present and future, as well as their families who deserve our support, Worchester said. “Without the sacrifices of our veterans, there would be no opportunity to enjoy the freedom, the life we live today.” The Gold Star Mothers organization, participants in this year’s ceremonies, was named after the gold star that families hung in their windows in honor of a deceased veteran. Created in 1928, the organization continues due to the bond of mutual love, sympathy and support of loyal, capable, and patriotic mothers who while sharing their grief, and pride, have channeled their time, efforts and gifts to lessening the pain of others, Members of Gold Star Mothers stand tall and proud by honoring their children, assisting veterans and supporting the nation while helping to heal each other. During the ceremony at Houston National Cemetery organizations and volunteers placed wreaths at more than 53,000 gravesites and headstones. For more information on the Wreaths Across America program, visit wreaths-across-america.org.