DAR volunteers wreathe Desert Memorial Park

DAR volunteers wreathe Desert Memorial ParkShown are some of the 165 wreaths placed on the graves of veterans laid to rest at Desert Memorial Park. Wreath-presenting volunteers were led by the Panamint Springs Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. Kelly McDonald of DAR, site coordinator for the local Wreaths Across America event, said that wreaths were presented for veterans of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps., Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and those who were prisoners of war or missing in action. “Afterwards, the group was able to place wreaths on family members’ gravesites and some of the oldest veterans interred in the cemetery,” said McDonald. She said she was pleased with the success of this first event. She added, however that the ultimate goal will be to find sponsors for the 1,000-plus veterans at Desert Memorial Park. Ridgecrest joined the Rand Area Cemetery and more than 1,400 other sites across the country to honor veterans. “We are here to remember not their deaths, but their lives. Each wreath is a gift of appreciation from a grateful America,” said a spokesperson of WAA. “It’s been my honor to serve as the site coordinator,” said McDonald. “We show a united front of gratitude and respect across the United States of America as we remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom.” She said that the local chapter of DAR is already in the process of growing sponsorships for future ceremonies. “Keep a lookout for more information that will be coming out next summer on how you can sponsor a wreath and participate in the wreath-laying next year." — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2018-12-21