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Wreaths Across America Wreath Clean Up At Immaculate Conception And Clarion Cemeteries Goes Very Well; A Number Of Volunteers Help Out

The Wreaths Across America wreath clean up, at the Immaculate Conception and Clarion Cemeteris on Monday, January 18th, went very smoothly. Wreath collection began at around 11:30AM, with approximately twenty volunteers on hand, to collect the 1,000-plus wreaths that were placed on the graves of deceased Veterans.

Volunteers Jim and Joni Kifer gathered a number of wreaths

A number of individuals donated use of their pickup trucks and trailers to haul the wreaths to an area farm. The total time collecting and loading the wreaths, was roughly two hours.

Clarion County Wreaths Across America Chairman Noreen Shirey was pleased with the work that was done, mentioning that, “(We had a) successful wreath clean up at Immaculate Conception and Clarion Cemeteries.”

Vehicles and trailers being loaded by volunteers

Noreen shared, “Thanks to Lisa Craig, Megan and Larry Hull, Randy Reynolds, friends from the DAR Clarion Chapter, friends from the Clarion VFW, Vanessa Kriebel, Jim Delaney, and Michael Guntrum for your trucks and assistance it is greatly appreciated. ” Noreen also expressed her thanks for all the volunteers, who turned out as wreaths were gathered yesterday.

Clarion County Wreaths Across America Chairman Noreen Shirey

The 2021 theme for Wreaths Across America is “Live up to their Legacy.”

Volunteers gathering wreaths

Noreen Closed stated, “If you are interested in bringing Wreaths Across America to your cemetery let me know, we can have a united ceremony in Clarion on Second Avenue, and then dispatch to outlying cemeteries to place wreaths.

“If you are interested in fund raising, it is a year long mission that earns groups $5.00 per wreath.”

Contact Noreen at 814-229-6317.

Trucks and trailers lined up

The Wreaths Across America website mentions the far reaching scope of this effort. “Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 2,100 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.”

National Wreaths Across America Day 2021 will be on Saturday, December 18th. Please consider what you can do to help in this great, patriotic endeavor.