A North Hopewell Township woman made sure York County was part of Wreaths Across America Day.
Joan Snyder coordinated the third annual wreath laying ceremony, which will was held at noon Saturday, Dec. 14, at Susquehanna Memorial Gardens at 250 Chestnut Hill Road in York Township.
The ceremony was be part of more than 800 similar events scheduled to occur nationwide part of the Wreaths Across America Day to honor the memory of deceased military veterans, as well as those who were prisoners of war or declared missing in action.
"The mission of Wreaths Across America is to remember the fallen, honor those who served and remember their sacrifices and the sacrifices of their families and teach the next generation what those sacrifices are," Snyder said.
Getting wreaths: More than 3,000 veterans are buried at the Susquehanna Gardens, including Snyder's son Marine Sgt. Christopher Winkle, who died July 31, 2011, while serving in Afghanistan.
Snyder said her goal was to have at least 1,200 12-inch evergreen wreaths placed at deceased veterans' burial areas. Each wreath has a red bow on top and a white tag with a note from the Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization, based in Columbia Falls, Maine.
Last year, close to 700 wreaths were purchased for the York ceremony, which was attended by more than 100 people, Snyder said.
Ceremony details: This year, the ceremony included local speakers, musical selections from the Red Lion Felton Band, and participation from various groups, including the Civil Air Patrol Cadets of Thomasville, Dallastown Area High School's JROTC, local veterans and families of soldiers who were killed or wounded in war.
Seven ceremonial wreathswere placed around flag pole at the center of Susquehanna Gardens' veterans section. These wreaths represent the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and the POW/MIA, Snyder said.
"We want families to bring their children and let them lay wreaths, help (children) learn about the what the veterans had to do to serve our country," she said.