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Wreaths Across America

by Luke Osteen

With Veterans’ Day set for Monday, November 11, the local chapter of Wreaths Across America will host Dinner and a Movie at Highlands United Methodist Church at 5:30 P.M. Sunday, November 10.

“Apollo 13,” starring Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, and Kevin Bacon will be shown. This dramatic true story of American Courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity seems an appropriate choice for a cause commemorating the heroism of American veterans.

Admission is free for both the meal and movie, but donations will be accepted. Diners wil also be able to donate Wreaths for $15/each and sign up to Volunteer for the December 14 WAA Highlands Event at Highlands Memorial Park.

Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 1,400 locations across the United States, at sea and abroad. While coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, their mission to remember, honor, and teach is carried out throughout the year.

The local ceremony begins at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 14, at Highlands Memorial Park. The public is invited to attend.

“We will be honoring veterans buried in Buck Creek, Clear Creek, Goldmine, Highlands, Horse Cove, Miller, and Scaly Mountain cemeteries,” Organizer Phil Potts says. “We need to hear from friends and family members to make sure they are on our list of veterans. We don’t want to miss anyone. If you want to sponsor a wreath, it only costs $15, and organizers will need to know if you wish to lay the wreath yourself, or if you’d like to have them do it.”

According to Potts, there are 550 local veterans graves, and the Highlands Chapter of Wreaths across America is planning to place wreaths upon every one.

In addition to attending Dinner and a Movie at Highlands United Methodist Church, there are many ways to get involved locally, so contact Phil Potts at (828) 200-9753 or by email at philjpot@frontier.com. To learn more about Wreaths Across America, visit WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.

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