Volunteers to place wreaths at veterans’ cemetery in Millsboro

Veterans laid to rest in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro will be honored with remembrance wreaths placed on their graves and at the end of rows of vaulted cremains during Wreaths Across America, an annual event designed to remember, honor and teach by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies.

Events are held at Arlington National Cemetery and more than 1,600 additional locations nationwide, at sea and abroad.

In Millsboro, wreaths will be laid on Saturday, Dec. 14, with instructions being given to volunteers at 10:30 a.m. At noon on Dec. 14, a ceremony will be held in the chapel, part of the simultaneous worldwide ceremony.

Friends or relatives of those buried at the cemetery can buy wreaths to place on specific graves, but should call Teresa Ziegler Townsend, location coordinator for Wreaths Across America, at (302) 945-4100, to learn about her system for marking graves that will be tended to by loved ones.

To buy wreaths, which cost $15 each, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. Below the wreath in the center of the page, choose Fundraising Group #DE0016.

“This group is set up so that for every two wreaths sponsored we receive one free,” she said.

Also that day, seven wreaths will be positioned in honor of all of the branches of the U.S. military, including prisoners of war and those missing in action. A 94-year-old veteran will attend and place the U.S. Army wreath, and a captain will lay the U.S. Marine Corps wreath.

“This is always a very emotional ceremony filled with teaching moments for children of all ages,” Townsend said, adding last year, Wreaths Across America and the national network of volunteers placed more than 1,800,000 wreaths at 1,640 locations nationwide.

“In Millsboro, we placed 2,115 remembrance wreaths.” Townsend said. There are more than 4,000 graves, and 3,000 wreaths will be laid this year. (In cases where veterans were cremated, individual wreaths will be placed at the end of rows containing their remains.)

The cemetery is located at 26669 Patriots Way.

Townsend asked that volunteers carpool and not park on the grass near the cemetery.

Based in Columbia Falls, Maine, Wreaths Across America is a national nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by businessman Morrill Worcester.


By Susan Canfora
Staff Reporter