Wreaths Across America at McClellan

Friday, December 13, 2013

Wreaths Across America makes its way to Anniston.  An 18-wheeler loaded with thousands of Christmas wreaths stopped at the Fort McClellan Training Center. Volunteers unloaded more than 400 of those wreaths to place on local graves. 353 will be placed at gravesites at the McClellan military cemetery. 7 extra wreaths are for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Merchant Marines, Coast Guard and the Missing in Action Prisoners of War. Organizer Michael Abrams says their efforts aren't stopping there. This nationwide effort began in 1992 when a company in Maine had an overrun of wreaths and donated them for military graves. Now, volunteers with organizations across the country purchase the wreaths to place in more than 800 cemeteries during the holidays. Master Sergeant Robert O'Day is working to make sure the local ceremony goes smoothly. He says he's honored to be given this task.  The driver of the truck delivering the wreaths from Maine says this project also holds special meaning for him.  Major General Retired Jerry Watson has been heading up the local efforts for several years. Rain or shine, the Wreaths Across America Ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the military cemetery at McClellan. If the weather gets too bad, they will keep the ceremony brief.

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