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Oak Lawn Cemetery remembers Veterans

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Prepares for National WAA Day Dec. 18

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CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Oak Lawn Cemetery is the newest Wreaths Across America (WAA) location in our Cedar Creek Lake Area. Remembering our fallen U.S. Veterans, honoring those who serve and teaching children the value of freedom are the three goals of Wreaths Across America, a national non-profit organization active in this area. Local Historian, Dick Bramblitt, started this journey for Oak Lawn by reaching out to the community and using research tools to identify veterans interred in Oak Lawn. He contacted Susan Martz-Cothran, of the Sarah Maples Chapter, who helped the cemetery association, headed by Judge Johnny Adams and a new partnership was formed.
With the support of Sharon Strickland, who provided the flags and a team of Sarah Maples members, friends and community members, all 417 Veterans were located Nov. 13, on site in the cemetery using Bramblitt’s map and list. Each veteran now has an American flag at its base, the list is being updated with actual service branch listed and already about half of the wreaths have been donated and ordered to be ready for National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, Dec.18.
Oak Lawn is the second cemetery to become a location of WAA. We can now honor 172 Veterans at Eubanks Cedar Creek Memorial and 417 at Oak Lawn Cemetery and all present Veterans Dec. 18. The opening ceremony for both cemeteries will be at 10 a.m., at the Eubanks Cemetery on State Highway 198. After the opening ceremony live balsam wreaths will be placed at both cemeteries. For additional information on the ceremonies, how to help, as well as how to donate a wreath or become a corporate sponsor, contact Mabank City Administrator Bryant Morris at Mabank City Hall, visit https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/TX0818 or contact Susan Martz-Cothran at susanmartzcothran@yahoo.com.

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