Honor veterans with Huntley wreath-laying ceremony Dec. 19

  • Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, Arlington National Cemetery is the main site of a wreath-laying ceremony. The Huntley Cemetery joins more than 1,600 locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad in this ceremony.

    Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, Arlington National Cemetery is the main site of a wreath-laying ceremony. The Huntley Cemetery joins more than 1,600 locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad in this ceremony. Courtesy of Wreaths Across America

 
Submitted by Karen Hutchings
Updated 10/16/2020 11:41 PM

At noon on Saturday, Dec. 19, you can honor our local heroes with Wreaths Across America.

From Maine to California, in more than 2,000 cemeteries, thousands of wreaths will be placed at headstones of veterans to celebrate our nation's gratitude, all on the same day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

One hundred and seventy-four fresh natural wreaths from the state of Maine will be delivered and placed with dignity at the headstones of veterans at the Huntley Cemetery, just prior to a memorial ceremony at noon, hosted by the Village of Huntley and Fox River Valley Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.

Join the American Legion, scouts, and dignitaries as they honor, remember, and teach the value of freedom at the cemetery off Dean Street.

You are invited to participate in the ceremony so that no veteran is forgotten with Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization. Each wreath is $15 or three for $30.

Order forms are available on the village website, www.huntley.il.us/government/huntley_cemetery/wreaths_across_america.php or mail your check payable to Fox River Valley NSDAR at Wreaths Across America, c/o Huntley Cemetery, 10987 Main St., Huntley, IL 60142.

The Huntley Cemetery, established in 1861, is the resting place of the village's founding father, Thomas Stillwell Huntley (1807-1894) as well as many other early village leaders. Many servicemen and women who served the nation are also buried at sites across the cemetery.

For questions, contact DAR representative Barb Pagano at (815) 258-6854 or the Huntley Cemetery representative Rita McMahon at (847) 515-5261 or rmcmahon@huntley.il.us.

To learn more about Wreaths Across America, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

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