Wreath lay­ing cer­e­mony on Dec. 16 hon­ors fallen sol­diers

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: GIANNA DECARLO gde­carlo@ches­pub.com

The third Satur­day of De­cem­ber is Na­tional Wreaths Across Amer­ica Day, a time for peo­ple all over the coun­try to pay re­spects to those who lost their lives fight­ing for free­dom.

The move­ment en­cour­ages plac­ing a wreath on the grave of a vet­eran as a way to pay trib­ute to their sac­ri­fice this hol­i­day sea­son.

The Lamky, Luther, White­head Me­mo­rial at the Holly Hills Me­mo­rial Gar­dens in Mid­dle River is host­ing their own wreath-lay­ing ser­vice, start­ing at 12 p.m. on De­cem­ber 12.

The lo­cal ser­vice is pro­duced and con­ducted by the young men and women of the Glenn L. Martin Com­pos­ite Squadron of the Civil Air Pa­trol un­der the guid­ance of Capt. Na­dine Hart­man.

Civil Air Pa­trol is the largest group fundrais­ing for Wreaths Across Amer­ica, and its mem­bers also lead or par­tic­i­pate, of­ten with color and honor guards, in many of the cer­e­monies at war memo­ri­als and ceme­ter­ies held na­tion­wide and abroad. Of­fi­cers and cadets from nearly 400 CAP squadrons, in­clud­ing the Glenn L. Mar- tin Com­pos­ite Squadron, are signed up to or­ga­nize Na­tional Wreaths Across Amer­ica Day ob­ser­vances on Dec. 16 in their re­gions, states and com­mu­ni­ties.

Af­ter a brief pre­sen­ta­tion, vol­un­teers will lay a wreath down on the graves of sol­diers in­terred on ‘Valor Hill’ in the Me­mo­rial Gar­dens. It is tra­di­tion to say the name of the fallen sol­dier out loud dur­ing the lay­ing of the wreath.

The ten­ants of Wreaths Across Amer­ica are to “re­mem­ber, honor and teach”. They aim to re­mem­ber the lives lost while hon­or­ing their mem­o­ries and shar­ing their sto­ries with a younger gen­er­a­tion in or­der to keep their lega­cies alive and the cost of the free­doms they ex­pe­ri­ence ev­ery day.

“WAA is com­mit­ted to teach­ing younger gen­er­a­tions about the value of their free­doms, and the im­por­tance of hon­or­ing those who sac­ri­ficed so much to pro­tect those free­doms. The or­ga­ni­za­tion of­fers learn­ing tools, in­ter­ac­tive me­dia projects, and op­por­tu­ni­ties for youth groups to par­tic­i­pate in the events,” ex­plains the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s mis­sion state­ment. “They also work to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­nect ‘the Great­est Gen­er­a­tion’ with the ‘Gen­er­a­tion of Hope’, pass­ing on in­spi­ra­tional sto­ries from World War II vet­er­ans to the lead­ers of the fu­ture.”

The his­tory of Na­tional Wreaths Across Amer­ica Day be­gan in 1992, when a Maine wreath-mak­ing com­pany had a sur­plus of wreaths at the end of the hol­i­day sea­son. Mor­rill Worces­ter, the owner of the wreath fac­tory, was al­ways in­ter­ested in the Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Cemetary and made ar­range­ments to travel to Wash­ing­ton D.C. to lay these ex­tra wreaths in one of the older sec­tions of the ceme­tery that had been re­ceiv­ing fewer vis­i­tors with each pass­ing year. This con­tin­ued ev­ery year and the event grew larger and larger as the word spread and more res­i­dents and busi­nesses got involved in the yearly pil­grim­age to D.C.

Soon, a non-profit was formed and these cer­e­monies spread, now be­ing held across all 50 states at more than 1,200 lo­ca­tions with thou­sands of peo­ple com­ing out to pay their re­spects.

Ev­ery year, the events have a general theme. This year, it’s “I’m an Amer­i­can. Yes, I am” in­spired by the song of the same name by Maine singer/song­writer Rick Charette. The song urges unity and the com­ing to­gether of peo­ple from all walks of life in or­der to make our coun­try the best it can be.

The event is open to the pub­lic and res­i­dents of all ages are en­cour­aged to at­tend and help lay the wreaths.

“We are not here to ‘dec­o­rate graves’. We’re here to re­mem­ber not their deaths, but their lives,” said Karen Worces­ter, the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Wreaths Across Amer­ica

For more in­for­ma­tion on the event at the Lamky, Luther, White­head Me­mo­rial or to spon­sor a wreath, con­tact Hart­man at 443-844-4929.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Na­tional Wreaths Across Amer­ica Day, visit www. wreath­sacrossamer­ica.org.

The Bal­ti­more County Po­lice De­part­ment re­ported the fol­low­ing ac­tiv­i­ties:

Es­sex Precinct:

At­tempted rob­bery: At 9: 15 p.m. on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 2 on the 200 block of Dar­gun Rd., a pizza de­liv­ery driver, was ap­proached by an un­known ju­ve­nile sus­pect. The sus­pect, im­ply­ing a weapon, de­manded money. Af­ter an un­suc­cess­ful at­tempt, the sus­pect was later ap­pre­hended by po­lice af­ter try­ing to flee on foot.

Rob­bery: At 7 p.m. on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 30 on the 800 block of North Mar­lyn Ave., the sus­pect as­saulted the vic­tim and stole a bank card from the vic­tim’s pocket.

Bur­glary: Some­time be­tween 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 30, an un­known sus­pect( s) gained en­try into the vic­tim’s apart­ment on the 3700 of White Pine Rd. by pry­ing open the front door and then stole jew­elry.

Bur­glary: Some­time be­tween 2: 15 and 8: 50 a. m. on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 29, an un­known sus­pect( s) stole an ATV from the vic­tim’s de­tached garage on the 2100 block of Sun­nythorn Rd.

Rob­bery: At 1: 46 p. m. on Tues­day, Novem­ber 28 on the 900 block of South Mar­lyn Ave. the sus­pect pushed the vic­tim onto the ground and stole his cell phone be­fore flee­ing. The sus­pect was lo­cated a short time later and placed un­der ar­rest.

Rob­bery: At 11: 05 p.m. on Mon­day, Novem­ber 27, while the vic­tim was sit­ting in his van on Vir­ginia Ave. and Eu­gene Rd., two sus­pects opened his ve­hi­cle doors, as­saulted him and stole his cash. The vic­tim quickly drove away from the two sus­pects and called the po­lice.

At­tempted rob­bery: At 8: 45 p.m. on Mon­day, Novem­ber 27, an un­known sus­pect un­suc­cess­fully at­tempted to rob the vic­tim of her purse while in the Royal Farms park­ing lot on the 800 block of South Mar­lyn Ave. The

sus­pect then fled on foot.

Rob­bery: At 7:25 p.m. on Mon­day, Novem­ber 27, the vic­tim, a food de­liv­ery driver, re­turned to her ve­hi­cle af­ter mak­ing a de­liv­ery on the unit block of Val­ley Ar­bor Ct. , at which time an un­known sus­pect phys­i­cally as­saulted her. The sus­pect stole money from the vic­tim’s pocket af­ter a brief strug­gle and then fled on foot.

As­sault: At 1: 10 p. m. on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 3, the vic­tim was seated in his ve­hi­cle on the 5700 block of Day­break Ter­race, when he was ap­proached by four un­known sus­pects. They asked the vic­tim if he had a cell phone to use while point­ing a gun at him. The sus­pects then fled af­ter be­ing star­tled by some noise.

Rob­bery: At 1: 40 p. m. on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 1, an un­known sus­pect ap­proached the vic­tim on Philadel­phia Rd. and Longview Ave., grabbed her purse from her arm and fled in a ve­hi­cle. The sus­pect was dropped off and then the driver of the ve­hi­cle was stopped and ar­rested.

Rob­bery: At 3: 30 a. m. on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 30 on Rossville Blvd. and Yel­low Brick Rd., the vic­tim was robbed of his cash by two un­known armed sus­pects.

At­tempted rob­bery: At 1: 40 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 29, the vic­tim met with two un­known sus­pects at a ho­tel on the 5000 block of Camp­bell Blvd. The sus­pects, one of which was armed, as­saulted the vic­tim and de­manded money. The vic­tim was able to flee.

Bur­glary: Some­time be­tween 8: 15 a. m. and 11 p. m. on Tues­day, Novem­ber 28, an un­known sus­pect cut the screen of an un­locked win­dow to gain en­try into the apart­ment on the 200 block of At­ten­bor­ough Drive. A game sys­tem and a game con­troller were stolen.

Rob­bery/Car­jack­ing: At 6: 50 a.m. on Tues­day, Novem­ber 28, the un­known sus­pect pushed the vic­tim to the ground as she was at­tempt­ing to en­ter her ve­hi­cle on the 6100 block of St. Regis St. The sus­pect then fled in the vic­tim’s ve­hi­cle.

Rob­bery: At 4 p.m. on Mon­day, Novem­ber 27, one of two un­known armed sus­pects as­saulted the vic­tim on the 9300 block of In­dian Trail Way and then de­manded his money and keys. The sus­pects then took the vic­tim’s ve­hi­cle and fled.

Parkville Precinct:

Bur­glary: Some­time be­tween 1:30 and 11 p.m. on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 3, an un­known sus­pect( s) en­tered the vic­tims’ res­i­dence on the unit block of Ferns Way through a rear win­dow that was found open. Once inside, the sus­pect( s) stole a com­puter and a TV.

Rob­bery: At 6 p. m. on Mon­day, Novem­ber 27,, three un­known armed sus­pects ap­proached the vic­tims on the unit block of Miceli Ct. and de­manded all their prop­erty in­clud­ing the keys to their ve­hi­cles. The sus­pects then fled in the vic­tims’ ve­hi­cles.

PHOTO BY DAN BALD­WIN

As part of the Wreath Across Amer­ica cer­e­mony, a wreath was placed in honor of each branch of the mil­i­tary. From left to right: For­mer United States Navy and Viet­nam vet­eran Wal­ter Wankowski holds a wreath for all Pris­on­ers of War and those Miss­ing in Ac­tion, Cmdr. Craig Shoene holds a wreath for the United States Mer­chant Marines, Chief War­rant Of­fi­cer Shane Scott holds a wreath for the United States Coast Guard, Maj. Roc Wil­liams holds a wreath for the United States Air Force, Lt. Gre­gory Franklin holds a wreath for the United States Navy, Gun­nery Sgt. David Bretz holds a wreath for the United States Ma­rine Corps, and Maj. Gary Niles holds a wreath for the United States Army.

PHOTO BY DAN BALD­WIN

Pfc. David Mur­phy salutes the re­mem­ber­ance wreath he placed in mem­ory of those who served and are serv­ing in the United States Ma­rine Corps.

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