November 22, 2013

Wreaths for sale to honor veterans

PLATTSBURGH — Members of the public can participate in a local ceremony being held as part of the national Wreaths Across America Day, set for noon Saturday, Dec. 14.

People who want to support the event can order wreaths from local members of the American Military Retirees Association, Lake Champlain Chapter NY1.

The wreaths will honor veterans buried in the Old Post Cemetery, located on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base off Route 9.

Closed for new burials, the cemetery is the final resting place for 136 unknown soldiers, 163 known veterans and many family members.

U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Thomas Kelly, a Spanish American War veteran awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, is among those buried there.

This will mark the third time the cemetery has been honored as part of the Wreaths Across America program, and organizers hope participation will be even bigger than in previous years.

Private citizens, businesses, schools, service groups, local veterans organizations and auxiliaries are invited to purchase additional wreaths for placement during the ceremony so that as many veterans’ graves may be honored as possible.

Wreaths are $15 each and may be purchased online or ordered using the form found at the website

On the form, people are encouraged to select the Old Post Cemetery as their donation site, using the Location Code NYOPCP with the Sponsor Group code NYAMRA01.

Order forms are also available at AMRA National HQ or at the County Veterans Service Office.

Orders must be placed by Dec. 2 for this year’s event. You need not be present or live locally to sponsor a wreath, which will be placed by local veterans.

A reception with light refreshments will be hosted at the Battle of Plattsburgh Museum after the ceremony.

For more information, call Kathy 563-9479 or Steve at 565-4720.

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