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Wreaths Across America

by Luke Osteen


Everyone is invited to attend Highlands’ commemoration of veterans’ sacrifices with Wreaths Across America, set for December 14. Contact Philip Potts at (828) 200-9753 to learn how you can help with the Wreath Laying Memorial.


The public is invited to witness the Wreaths Across America Ceremony to honor veterans, December 14 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.

If you’d like to volunteer to assist in the laying of the wreaths, contact 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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