Veterans Corner – The Martha’s Vineyard Times

Women’s Army Corps veteran Jo Ann Murphy (mic), Navy veteran Tom Norbury (back left), former NYFD Chaplain Stephen Harding (back left), County Sheriff’s Color Guard of Dukes (background). – Rich Saltzberg

Crowns across America

The American Legion Station 257 at Vineyard Haven has volunteered to host the crown ceremony across America again this year at Oak Grove Cemetery on State Road in Tisbury on December 17 at 11 a.m.

This year, eight ceremonial wreaths will be laid in memory of those who gave their lives in the service of our country. Crowns specially designed for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Navy, US Space Force, and POW / MIA will be placed on the Avenue directory of Flags after the ceremony.

December 18 will mark more than 25 years of wreath donations from Maine to decorate graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. A national campaign called Wreaths Across America will bring the same wreaths of remembrance to more than 230 national and national veterans cemeteries and monuments. Across the country.

All of these specially made wreaths are donated by Worcester Wreath Co. in Harrington, Maine. Everyone is welcome to attend this ceremony, especially all school children. You can go to crowns across for more information.

The Wreaths Across America mission can be recounted in this simple statement:

Remember, honor and teach

Remember those who have fallen,

Honor those who served, and

Teach our children value freedom.


Jo Ann Murphy, Commanding Officer

American Legion Post 257

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