NEWBURY — Boy Scout Troop 44 seeks the community’s support this holiday season as it hosts Wreaths Across America in memory of local veterans.
The troop’s goal is to have a wreath sponsored for the graves of all veterans in Newbury and at Newburyport Veterans Cemetery, according to a press release.
When the troop began its effort to honor veterans five years ago, the goal was to have 50 wreaths sponsored. The first year ended with 150 wreaths.
Wreaths can be sponsored in remembrance of a loved one or in honor of a veteran. The individual does not have to be in the military or buried in Newbury.
Each wreath is $15 and wreath orders must be placed and paid for by Dec. 2. The wreaths will be delivered in early December.
Wreaths will only be placed on veterans’ gravestones in Newbury and at Veterans Cemetery in Newburyport as a symbol of honor, respect and victory.
On Dec. 14, the wreaths will be placed following a ceremony at noon at the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St. The ceremony will feature seven wreaths to represent each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, including POWs/MIAs and merchant marines. Each wreath is decorated with a red bow, an American flag, and a service flag to represent each branch of the military.
Wreaths Across America lawn signs can be picked up at the Newbury-Byfield Fire Department. People are asked to show their support by sharing a photo of their sign on social media and letting others know about the project and how they can sponsor a wreath at www.NewburyWreaths.com.
Wreaths forms can be picked up at Newburyport City Hall, Newbury Town Hall and the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All sponsorships are tax deductible.