DAR to host ‘Wreaths Across America’

The Panamint Springs Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution is seeking volunteers to participate in the nationwide “Wreaths Across America” movement, hosted locally on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 9 a.m. at Desert Memorial Park.

This is the first time the local cemetery will be a part of the national observance to honor veterans. Any individual can sponsor a wreath, to be placed on a veteran’s grave, for a $15 tax-deductible contribution.

According to a DAR spokesperson, the WAA mission is to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach future generations about the sacrifices made to preserve freedom.

The 2018 theme, “Be Their Witness,” comes from the 2009 drama “Taking Chance,” based on the experiences of U.S. Marine Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl, who escorted the body of fallen Marine PFC Chance Phelps back to his hometown in Wyoming from the Iraqi War.

“The Wreaths Across America program strives to ensure that the lives of our men and women in uniform are remembered,” said Kelly McDonald of DAR, who is also serving as the site coordinator. “We believe it is our responsibility as Americans to be their witnesses and to share their stories of service and sacrifice with the next generation.”

A ceremony will open the event, followed by wreath placement. All families and individuals are invited to attend.

Those interested in volunteering can contact McDonald at 760 793-7360, or panamintspringsdar@ gmail.com.

To donate a wreath, see www.wreathsaccrossamerica.org/CA0399P or donate by mail by contacting McDonald to get a form, or pick up one at Holland & Lyons Mortuary 216 S. Norma St.

Story First Published: 2018-11-30