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Marines help launch 'Wreaths'

Posted: Friday, Nov 16th, 2012

Photo by Sylvia Lobato Carol Martinez, fourth from left, shows the donations for Wreaths Across America when the San Luis Valley Detachment Marine Corps League started the ball rolling Saturday night by purchasing 10 wreaths for the Homelake Cemetery. Pictured from left are Joe Chavez, commander of Conejos County VFW Post 4849, Irene Knecht, representing the VFW Auxiliary; Ed Knecht, VFW District 7 commander, Chris Martinez, chair of the San Luis Valley POW-MIA Committee, Carol Martinez, and Patricia Cooper, commandant of the SLV Detachment MCL.

Wreath-laying ceremonies

Dec. 15 across

the nation

MONTE VISTA — The San Luis Valley Detachment, Marine Corps League rose to the occasion during the USMC birthday celebration in Alamosa Saturday night as they bought 10 wreaths for the Homelake Cemetery, taking part in Wreaths Across America.

Other individuals and organizations buying wreaths Saturday included Alamosa VFW Post 899, which bought two wreaths; POW-MIA Committee of the San Luis Valley, two wreaths; VFW District 7, two wreaths; Conejos County VFW, two wreaths and one for the Mogote Cemetery; and Vickie Chavez, one wreath for the grave of a loved one.

The Homelake Cemetery will once again participate in Wreaths Across America Day to honor and remember the veterans who have served our country.

Local chairwoman Carol Martinez said the wreath laying ceremony had been announced for Dec. 8, but the national organizers postponed it to Dec, 15 in order to be sure all orders are fulfilled.

This December marks 21 years since Morrill Worcester and his family first delivered 5,000 Maine-made balsam wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery. Since then, their trip has become an annual tradition that today includes more than 800 locations across the country and overseas, tens of thousands of dedicated volunteers, hundreds of caring sponsors, and nearly 500,000 Maine-made wreaths.

Congress proclaimed the wreath-laying day, usually held every second Saturday in December, as Wreaths Across America Day due to a growing demand from all the Veterans Administration and state cemeteries.

Persons or organizations interested in purchasing wreaths are asked to contact Carol Martinez at 719-849-1830.

Deadline for ordering and paying $15 per wreath is Nov. 20. The wreaths will arrive at Homelake two days and may be placed at the cemetery there or at a private cemetery of choice. They will arrive at Homelake two days before the official wreath-laying day, Dec. 15, so buyers can pick them up if they are to be laid elsewhere.

Wreaths Across America would not be successful without the help of volunteers, many active organizations and the generosity of the trucking industries, which transport the wreaths free of charge, Martinez told the Marine Corps League Saturday night.

She points out that this is a way to say, “thank you” to all our military and their families for their service and sacrifices.

A Gold Star mother, Martinez and her husband, Ron, lost their son, Sgt. Glen Martinez, to combat in Iraq during May 2008.

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