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Group to lay wreaths to honor veterans
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Wreaths Across America

What: Laying wreaths on veterans’ graves
When: Noon Saturday
Where: Alta Vista Cemetery, 521 Jones St., Gainesville
More info: Gail Mangum, 770-312-4305 or egmangumga@gmail.com

The Gen. James Longstreet Chapter 46 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will be laying wreaths Saturday at Alta Vista Cemetery as part of the 20th anniversary of the national Wreaths Across America campaign.

The effort aims to honor veterans by laying wreaths at their graves.

“I think it is just important to keep the spirit and remembrance of our veterans alive, so that they are not forgotten,” said Gail Mangum, who is leading the local effort.

The event, at 521 Jones St. in Gainesville, will begin shortly before noon Saturday with a moment of silence for fallen veterans.

Wreaths Across America began in 1992, when Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Co. in Maine, was left with extra wreaths at the end of the holiday season. He decided to use the surplus to honor veterans at Arlington National Cemetery.

The event has grown nationally, and this will be the first year it will be celebrated in Gainesville.

Combined retired and active duty military personnel will place wreaths on the graves of approximately 2,000 veterans buried at Alta Vista. Some supporters of the event include members of local American Legion posts, Veterans of Foreign War posts, Marine Corps League, Military Officers Association of America and Civil Air Patrol Cadets.

Those interested in attending can contact Gail Mangum at 770-312-4305 or egmangumga@gmail.com for more information.

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