Mount Airy Civil Air Patrol participates in Wreaths Across America.
On Dec 14 2013 13 members of Mount Airy Civil Air Patrol honored our fallen veteran’s by laying wreaths with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. By placing remembrance wreaths on the graves of military veterans during the holiday season, Wreaths Across America seeks to remember, honor and teach others about the courage and sacrifices of the men and women who have served in the armed forces. Wreaths Across America culminates this year on Dec. 14 with an estimated 10,000 volunteers placing wreaths on gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery and many of Arlington’s memorials, including the Tomb of the Unknowns. Simultaneous ceremonies will be held throughout the day at 800-plus veterans’ cemetery or war memorial sites in all 50 states, as well as 20 foreign locations.
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 Mount Airy Squadron, are signed up to organize National Wreaths Across America Day observances on Dec. 14 in their regions, states and communities.
“CAP members help lead the way by selling wreath sponsorships and coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies,” said Col. J.D. Ellis, CAP’s 2013 national Wreaths Across America coordinator. “Like Wreaths Across America, we take pride in honoring those who have served our country,” said Ellis. “This is our way of expressing our appreciation and paying tribute for the sacrifices made for our country by our service men and women.”
“In all my years supporting WAA I have never been so amazed at the willingness of people to support our fallen heroes. From everyday people to family of fallen soldiers to veterans, everybody is willing to stop and talk, whether they give a donation or not. I look forward to supporting WAA in the future and helping remember our fallen heroes”, Cadet Captain Kevin Lohoefer,CAP
The Mount Airy Squadron would like to thank American Legion Mt. Airy Post, American Legion Towson Post, Monocracy Valley VFW, Chiropractic First, Mt. Airy Tavern, Mt. Airy Lions Club, Damascus Lions Club, Burrier Queen Funeral Home, The Plumbery, SOL Levinson & Bros., Inc. and the familieys who supported our efforts in our squadrons sponsorship of 391 wreaths.
The Mount Airy Composite Squadron meets every Thursday at the Mount Airy Senior Center, 703 Ridge Road, Mount Airy, MD from 7 pm to 9 pm.