Thousands Support Local Wreaths Across America Service

The annual Wreaths Across America ceremony was held at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville Saturday morning.

The event brought thousands of family members and volunteers out to place a wreath on each and every gravemarker within the cemetery.

Commander of the 52nd Ordnance Group Explosive Ordnance Disposal Colonel Daniel J. Duncan, guest speaker for the service, says this event is more intimate than those held on Veterans and Memorial days.


Colonel Duncan adds traditional wreaths are made out of the limbs of evergreen trees meaning they stay colored green throughout the harsh winter months and provide hope.


Of those sacrifices, Colonel Duncan noted that Monday, December 16 marks the 75th anniversary of the 101st Airborne Division’s embark into the Battle of the Bulge that occurred in Germany during World War II.

During the service, all branches of the military were honored with the placing of a wreath in front of the crowd, including those who never made it home because they were a prisoner of war or missing in action.

The regional chapter of the Gold Star Wives of American purchased all of the wreaths that were used at the cemetery this year.

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