Wreaths to dec­o­rate his­toric ceme­tery

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA -

NEW­TOWN - A Wreaths Across Amer­ica cer­e­mony will be held Satur­day, Dec. 15 be­gin­ning at noon at the New­town eis­toric Pres­by­te­rian Church ceme­tery on Sy­camore Street.

7his is WhH fiUsW yHDU WhDW WhH church will par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gram and the pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend. Park­ing will be avail­able in the Ea­gle Road lot be­hind the ceme­tery.

Wreaths Across Amer­ica be­gan in 1992 in ear­ring­ton, Maine when the owner of Worces­ter Wreath Com­pany had a sur­plus of hol­i­day wreaths.

With the help of the then r.S. Se­na­tor from Maine, Olympia Snow, ar­range­ments were made to lay the wreaths at Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery. In 2005, a photo of the graves with the wreaths cir­cu­lated around the in­ter­net and the project re­ceived na­tional at­ten­tion.

In 2007, the Worces­ter Wreath Com­pany formed Wreaths Across Amer­ica, a nRn-SUR­fiW RUgDnizDWiRn WR ODy wreaths on the graves of veter­ans in ceme­ter­ies na­tion­wide.

7his is WhH fiUsW yHDU WhDW WhH New­town eis­toric Pres­by­te­rian Church will par­tic­i­pate in Wreaths Across Amer­ica. The ceme­tery is unique both in New­town and na­tion­ally in the span of his­tory rep­re­sented in the graves. At present count, there are more than 40 vHWHUDns IURP fivH wDUs in­terred there, in­clud­ing World War II veter­ans in­terred in the cre­mo­rial and sev­eral crench and In­dian veter­ans re-in­terred from a pre­vi­ous ceme­tery on Swamp Road. The ma­jor­ity of the veter­ans are from the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War.

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