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Remembering those who served

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Community joins Sarah Maples Chapter to place 146 wreaths

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CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Holiday time brings many memories and often the most precious ones are those loved ones who are no longer with us. The Sarah Maples Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution teamed up with community members and Wreaths Across America to make sure veterans in a local cemetery were not forgotten this Christmas.
“Remember, Honor, Teach respect for veterans,” these were the words to describe the reason to place 146 live balsam wreaths at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Park Dec. 14. This photo essay shows the gratitude displayed by many community organizations and individuals around our lake. Site Coordinator and Sarah Maples DAR member Suzan Martz-Cothran said, “Everyone played a part, wreath sponsorships, delivering the wreaths, the ceremony to honor all military services, personally honoring those who have served and presently serve to keep our country free.” The ceremony was described as “uplifting,” as family members joined the community to place the wreaths.
Wreaths Across America started as a simple gesture of thanks that has grown into a national movement of dedicated volunteers and communities coming together to not only remember the nation’s fallen and honor their service, but to teach the next generation about the sacrifices made for Americans to live freely. This year, there were nearly 2,000 participating locations placing wreaths on National Wreaths Across America Day, Dec. 14, with more than two million volunteers coming together.
Cothran said, “Join us next year, on Wreaths Across America Day, Dec. 12, 2020 at Cedar Creek Lake. The response has been so great, we are looking at adding another cemetery, or two in 2020.”
 For interest in planning any additional area, please contact, Susan Martz-Cothran and the Sarah Maples Chapter, at (972) 834-7973. Thank you to all who contributed this year. For more information about Wreaths Across America, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.