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December 28, 2013

Garden Club lays wreath at Champlain Bridge

CROWN POINT — The Carillon Garden Club of Ticonderoga and Hague placed a wreath at the Champlain Bridge as part of the “Wreaths Across America” program.

“Veterans who have given the ultimate sacrifice, those who have served and those who continue to serve, as well as their families, were all honored,” Carillon Garden Club President Betty Rettig said in a news release.

“Wreaths with a red bow have been placed to honor all military branches, including the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.

The Garden Club put the wreath at the Blue Star Memorial, near the Lake Champlain Visitors Center. A brief ceremony included a moment of silence at noon that day, observed at all Wreaths Across America sites at the same time.

LESSON IN SERVICE

Garden clubs in the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State, which is part of the National Garden Club, also joined the nationwide movement to honor the nation’s veterans.

The mid-December observance honored veterans across the United States at places that included local graveyards, Arlington National Cemetery, parks and memorials, Rettig said.

One was held in Plattsburgh as well.

The Wreaths Across America also places wreaths on most grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery each year.

“The purpose of this program is to remember, honor and teach about the service and sacrifice of our veterans, active military and their families,” Rettig said.

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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