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Wreaths Across America remembers veterans at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville, Ohio

December 15, 2018

Wreaths Across America remembers veterans at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville, Ohio

SEVILLE, Ohio – Wreaths Across America held its annual day of tribute on Saturday, honoring veterans by placing holiday wreaths at gravesites in more than 1,400 cemeteries across the nation.

Family members and volunteers placed more than 13,000 wreaths at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville, according to Nathan Gradisher of the Hospice of the Western Reserve.

With flags at half-staff to honor the Nov. 30 passing of President George H.W. Bush, the program started at 9 a.m. with an hour for family members to place personalized wreaths at the graves of their relatives. At 10 a.m., volunteers began the wider placement of wreaths in the 273-acre cemetery in Medina County. The program concluded with a ceremony to honor all branches of service.

Wreaths Across America, a national nonprofit whose purpose is “to remind people how important it is to remember, honor and teach” about the sacrifice of veterans, began as the small effort of a group in Maine until 2005, when a photo of gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery, adorned with wreaths and covered in snow, circulated around the internet.

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