|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
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
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
“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.”