Cedar City Will Honor Local Veterans At 4th Annual Wreaths Across America
The very popular Wreaths Across America program is returning to Cedar City for the fourth year. The tribute will take place on Saturday, December 16th at 2:00 p.m. at the Cedar City Cemetery where all are invited to attend and pay tribute to our military veterans alongside nearly 4,000 cities who also participate across the United States. 1,300 hand-tied, live balsam wreaths will be placed at gravesites to remind us of our heroes' sacrifice, dedication, and patriotism.
More than 200 volunteers from the community representing students from county high schools and Southern Utah University (SUU), as well as members of several clubs, organizations, veteran’s associations, and City departments are assisting in the success of this year’s event. Hundreds of hours have been invested over the past year to ensure every veteran is honored with a wreath.
This brief program promises to be touching and patriotic, consisting of a color guard presentation, a special ceremonial wreath presentation honoring each branch of our military, remarks from Cedar City Mayor Garth Green, music, tributes, bagpipes, taps, and much more.
Wreaths Across America is expecting a large turnout for this ceremony and the Cedar City Police Department and the VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service) will be assisting with parking. All traffic for the event will be directed to enter the cemetery from Iron Mission Parkway and exit onto Main Street. All vehicles will be entering one way only. Once you enter the cemetery grounds, volunteers will direct you in order to maximize parking. Please follow all instructions and proceed slowly. The ceremony will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. and we ask those attending to arrive early. We will have golf carts available to assist the elderly and those needing assistance getting to the ceremony site.
Hundreds of donors have already stepped forward sharing their generosity and spirit of community to make this event possible. Donations are still being accepted. Each wreath costs $17.00, but gifts in any amount are appreciated. If you would like to donate, please make checks payable to “Bald Eagle Chapter DAR” and mail them to Wreaths Across America, 126 S. 2050 W., Cedar City, UT 84720 or you can leave donations at City Hall in Councilman Scott Phillip's box.
If you plan to go to the ceremony, dress warmly and be prepared for December temperatures. The goal of Wreaths Across America is to provide proper respect and remembrance to these remarkable citizens who served in the military so our freedoms would be protected.
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