On Saturday morning, St. Cloud’s Mt. Peace Cemetery was filled members of the community, along with veterans, and current members of the armed forces who joined together to honor those have served, or are currently serving our great nation as part of the National Wreaths Across America Day.

The purpose of National Wreaths Across America Day is to Remember, Honor and Teach in order to ensure that our nation remains free. The mission is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 3,400 locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.

In St. Cloud on Saturday the ceremony was led by Master of Ceremonies, Mike Midgley, American Legion Post 80 Commander followed by the Posting of Colors by members of the Harmony High School ROTC. The Mishawaka Girl Scout Troop led the ceremony in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and local country artist Kenyon Lockery sang the National Anthem.

David Nigh, American Legion Post 80,  Chaplain opened the ceremony in prayer.

During the ceremony, wreaths were laid by:

  • United States Army – Rick and Karen Areola
  • United States Navy – Glen Knapp
  • United States Marine Corps – John and Sue Wilding
  • United States Airforce – Joe McGrath
  • United Stated Coast Guard – Mike Facella
  • Merchant Marines – Scott Saucier
  • Space Force – Charlotte Cunningham, Maritza Walker, Angelyn Laliberte and Sean Hans
  • POW/MIA – Daryl Bass

In many homes, there is an empty seat for one who is serving or one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. There is no better time to express our appreciation than during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

Wreaths Across America touches the lives of thousands of school, scout, civic and religious groups across the country, and works tirelessly to reach their goal to place a wreath on each hero’s grave.

We Will Never Forget!