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America's veterans honored during Caribou wreath ceremony

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Joining the event this year was former Congressman Mike Pappas, High Bridge administrator.

Preceding the placement, Tom Carpenter, town historian, told the history of the cemetery and of a few of the better known deceased buried in there including U.S. Army Brigadier General Frank Leo Howley, a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Hampton. This became a yearly tradition until 2005, when photographs of the event were spread across the internet. In 1930, the home became part of the Veterans Administration and, in 1973, the cemetery was one of 21 cemeteries transferred to what was then known as the National Cemetery System.

Maine VFW State Adjutant Andre Dumas salutes during Caribou's December 16 Wreaths Across America ceremony, held at the Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery on the Lombard Road.

Approximately 3,000 wreaths were laid by 200 volunteers during the ceremony at Orange County's Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

It was part of Wreaths Across America, a campaign started to place a wreath on every service member's grave. The following year, the Wreaths Across America Wreath Laying and Remembrance ceremony was opened up to individual ceremonies across the nation.

No white Christmas this year
This system will come with snow, strong winds and VERY cold air, making any drives through the mountains slow and risky . There is rain or a chance of rain in the forecast all weekend, with rain likely on Christmas as well, it said.

"We hope it becomes an annual event", Freeman said. "This morning we had about 30 or 40 people here, and we even had enough left over to go into the local community and place wreaths on veteran headstones in cemeteries in Caribou".

Ashley Furniture Inds. recently hosted a public wreath-laying ceremony at Memorial Park in Arcadia, Wis., to honor veterans for their service.

Felix said it's important to remember the sacrifice made by members of the United States military.

"It is a chance for us to come and pray for the men who fought for us", she said. More improvements are on the way in 2018, including the possible installation of a gazebo, Spitalere said.

"We shall remember", Cox continued. "It is really moving to see young people participating from organizations like the American Heritage Girls and other youth development organizations", he said.

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