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Wreaths Across America is Saturday

DELIVERY DAY — Monday was delivery day for wreaths to be placed Saturday on veterans’ graves at area cemeteries as part of the Wreaths Across America effort. Rodney James, center, of Mast Trucking and Joe Benline, third from right, were assisted by students from Steubenville City Schools to offload boxes of wreaths for delivery to Union Cemetery and Mount Calvary Cemetery. James is an Army veteran who donates his time to deliver wreaths to join the WAA mission to “Remember, Honor, Teach.” -- Contributed

Two Ridges Cemetery and Fort Steuben Burial Estates in Wintersville, Union Cemetery and Mount Calvary Cemetery in Steubenville and New Cumberland Cemetery are among official Wreaths Across America locations that will host a wreath-laying ceremony on Saturday, joining more than 1,600 other locations across the country for National Wreaths Across America Day.

Coordinated and led by local volunteers, fundraising groups have raised funds to place more than 600 wreaths on the headstones of fallen service members at these local cemeteries, according to Wendy Barr, a local coordinator, who explained the annual event seeks to further the WAA mission of “Remember, Honor, Teach,” ensuring that the memory of those who served our country endures.”

“Everyone Plays A Part” is this year’s theme. The public is encouraged to participate in the ceremonies, welcome to observe or help place wreaths.

Information on the locations and ceremony times follows:

¯ Two Ridges Cemetery, 1085 Canton Road, Wintersville, 100 percent of veteran graves covered, ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. with 25 wreaths to be laid immediately following the ceremony;

¯ Fort Steuben Burial Estates, 801 Canton Road, Wintersville, 9 percent of the 2,300 veteran graves covered, ceremony begins at noon with 214 wreaths to be laid immediately following the ceremony;

¯ Union Cemetery, 1720 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville, 7 percent of the 2,500 veteran graves covered, and Mount Calvary Cemetery, 94 Mount Calvary Lane, Steubenville, 2 percent of the 2,500 veteran graves there covered; a combined ceremony at Union Cemetery’s Veterans Section, begins at 2:30 p.m. with 186 wreaths at Union and 38 wreaths at Mount Calvary to be laid immediately following the ceremony; and

¯ New Cumberland Cemetery, 512 Rolling Acres Road, New Cumberland, 31 percent of the 500 veteran graves covered. The ceremony begins at noon with 155 wreaths to be laid immediately following the ceremony.

For information regarding the various locations, contacts are: New Cumberland, George Hines, (304) 670-7092; Union and Mount Calvary, Wendy Barr, (740) 278-2295; and Two Ridges and Fort Steuben Burial Estates, Holly Lewis, (412) 298-4648.

Everyone of all ages is welcome to participate. Those planning on assisting should arrive early to ensure parking and try not to park on the grass. Barr suggested dressing appropriately for weather conditions.

Participants are asked to follow the location coordinators’ instructions on where to place wreaths, as well as “how” they should be placed.

“We especially appreciate volunteers willing to help clean up,” Barr said. “Please check in with the location coordinator if you are interested in helping with the cleanup.”

Also at noon on Saturday, Paris Cemetery on Steubenville Pike in Paris, Pa., will mark its first year of participation in WAA.

It is the resting place of 200 recorded veterans of all American conflicts, from the Revolutionary War through current service. Uriah H. Brown, a Congressional Medal of Honor Civil War hero, who was buried in Paris Cemetery, as well as John J. Pinder, an Omaha Beach D-Day hero, who rests in nearby Grandview Cemetery, will be honored.

Patty Rhoades is the site coordinator.

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