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Wreaths Across America will honor local Bertie County soldiers laid to rest in two local cemeteries on Saturday, December 18, 2021.

They will hold a full Honor Guard Ceremony and lay wreaths at the following locations:

  • Edgewood Cemetary at 12 noon, two miles north of the town of Windsor on Highway 13.
  • Hillcrest Cemetery at 2 pm. The cemetery address is 116 Hillcrest Drive, Windsor.

The local group coordinating this event is the Black Rock Homeowners’ Association and local community volunteers who will make this a memorable event paying tribute to those who served our country.

This ceremony is one of many Christmas events happening around the area this weekend. They invite the public and welcome all to attend the honor ceremony.

What Is Wreaths Across America?

Wreaths Across America is a non-profit agency with a single mission:

Remember our fallen U.S. veterans. Honor those who serve. Teach your children the value of freedom.

Wreaths Across America mission statement

A man named Morrill Worcester, from Harrington, Maine, and the owner of the Worcester Wreath Company, had the opportunity to visit Arlington National Cemetary when he was twelve. The experience inspired him as he remembered the veterans who sacrificed their lives for the nation.

In 1992 his company had extra wreaths at the end of the holiday season. He partnered with a Maine state senator to send the surplus to Arlington to honor soldiers whose graves had no visitors.

But what motivated him? The knowledge that many veterans were not receiving any acknowledgment. So Christmastime seemed like the right time to pay tribute.

Here’s why.

With each passing year, the older sections of the cemetery received fewer decorations during the holiday season. That’s because Arlington became a cemetery in 1864, a designated resting place for Union soldiers lost in Virginia. By the last century, many of the soldiers interred in the older sections had no family left to pay tribute to them. The older graves in the National Cemetery received less attention with each passing year.

That’s where this non-profit stepped in, ensuring that someone remembered these fallen soldiers at Christmastime. So their tradition began. In fact, Worcester’s non-profit did this largely without notice until 2005, when an image of Arlington went viral. As a result, the volunteers expanded and branched out across the country.

Locally, Black Rock Homeowners’ Association picked up the mantle and coordinated this effort. So feel free to attend the ceremony and pay tribute to our local soldiers. You will find it to be a very gratifying experience.

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