WREATH-LAYING

Din­wid­die JROTC cadets will host ‘Wreaths Across Amer­ica’ event at Po­plar Grove Na­tional Ceme­tery

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DIN­WID­DIE — On Satur­day, Dec. 15, Din­wid­die High School’s JROTC cadets will host “Wreaths Across Amer­ica” at Po­plar Grove Na­tional Ceme­tery. The pub­lic is in­vited to join the cadets at 12 p.m. as they, through the laying of wreaths, re­mem­ber and honor Amer­i­can soldiers who died de­fend­ing this na­tion.

How to Par­tic­i­pate

You can be part of this event by spon­sor­ing a wreath and/or by vol­un­teer­ing to lay wreaths. Ev­ery wreath spon­sored will help sup­port the Din­wid­die High School Ju­nior Re­serve Of­fi­cers Train­ing Corps. The JROTC mo­ti­vates young peo­ple to be­come bet­ter ci­ti­zens by teach­ing them lead­er­ship, team­work and per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity. It also stresses the im­por­tance of pro­vid­ing pub­lic ser­vice. To be­come a spon­sor, go to www.wreath­sacrossamer­ica.org/VA0431P. To sign up as a vol­un­teer, go to www. wreath­sacrossamer­ica.org/ VAPGNC. The on­line spon­sor­ship dead­line is De­cem­ber 3. To learn more, please con­tact Dawn Cater at [email protected] dcp­snet.org.

If you go

Po­plar Grove Na­tional Ceme­tery is lo­cated at 8005 Vaughan Road in Din­wid­die County. The ceme­tery was es­tab­lished in 1866. Prior to the Civil War, the land where the ceme­tery now ex­ists, be­longed to Rev­erend Thomas B. Flow­ers. Dur­ing the Civil War, the fu­ture ceme­tery grounds were used as a camp­ground by the 50th New York En­gi­neers dur­ing the Siege of Peters­burg. To­day, there are close to 6,200 soldiers buried in the ceme­tery, how­ever only 2,139 have been pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied. Po­plar Grove is a com­po­nent of Peters­burg Na­tional Bat­tle­field, which was cre­ated in or­der to com­mem­o­rate the cam­paign and siege and de­fense of Peters­burg, Vir­ginia, in 1864 and 1865. Peters­burg Na­tional Bat­tle­field has a Face­book page and can be fol­lowed on Twit­ter @Peters­burgNPS .

[CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO/NPS]

In this 2017 Na­tional Parks Ser­vice photo taken at the Wreaths Across Amer­ica event at Po­plar Grove Na­tional Ceme­tery in Din­wid­die County, wreaths are placed against the grave­stones of Civil War soldiers.

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