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Picatinny Cadets Place Wreaths at Dover Cemetery

Morristown, NJ, Daily Record 12:09 a.m. EST December 6, 2015
ROCKAWAY TWP. – Cadets of the Civil Air Patrol, Picatinny Squadron raised nearly $3500 to purchase of more than 200 remembrance wreaths to decorate the graves of veterans over the holiday season.

The annual event supports a national campaign conducted by Wreaths Across America to honor fallen veterans at the holidays, according to a press release from the Sqaudron.

By placing wreaths on the graves of military veterans during the holiday season, Wreaths Across America seeks to remember, honor and teach others about the courage and sacrifices of the men and women who have served in the armed forces. Last year, wreaths were placed on over 700,000 veterans' graves at more than 900 cemetery or memorial sites in all 50 states and overseas, the release said.

Wreaths Across America culminates on Dec. 12 with more than 100,000 wreaths placed on gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery and numerous ceremonies held at many of Arlington's memorials, including the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Simultaneous ceremonies will be held throughout the day at veterans' cemeteries and memorials nationwide and abroad. This year it is projected that around 1 million wreaths will be placed nationwide by over 600,000 volunteers. The Picatinny Squadron, which raised money by canvassing friends and neighbors and by setting up at local businesses, will be placing wreaths at a cemetery in Dover on Dec. 12.

The Civil Air Patrol is the largest group fundraising for Wreaths Across America, and its members also lead or participate, often with color and honor guards, in many of the ceremonies at war memorials and cemeteries.

“The Wreaths Across America campaign is vital to honoring those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. It as a way for us to remember what they did during this holiday season,” said Cadet Capt. Daniel Banas, cadet squadron leader from Wharton.

Cadet Airman Sloane Liput from Mountain Lakes, who was the leader in fundraising for the campaign this year, said “it was a great honor for me to raise money for such an important cause.”

The Civil Air Patrol is a congressionally chartered, federally supported non-profit corporation that serves as the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. CAP has 58,000 adult and youth members nationwide, and maintains more than 500 aircraft throughout the country.

Local CAP programs teach young men and women aerospace education, military customs and courtesies, and emergency and disaster relief support including air and ground search and rescue, among other skills.

The Picatinny Composite Squadron is comprised of adults and teens from 13 to 17 years old from Morris, Warren and Sussex Counties. The group meets every Tuesday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

For more information please visit www.picatinnycap.org or www.gocivilairpatrol.com.

Thousands of remembrance wreaths will be placed on veteran’s graves on December 12th under a program sponsored by Wreaths Across America.”

http://www.dailyrecord.com/story/news/2015/12/06/cadets-place-wreaths-dover-cemetery/76802942/

 

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