Hundreds share in wreath laying to honor our veterans

Hundreds share in wreath laying to  honor our veteransBy Patricia Farris

News Review Publisher

The Wreaths Across America ceremony was held at Desert Memorial Park on Saturday morning. Approximately 300 people attended with more than 200 community members assisting in placing wreaths on the graves of local veterans.

Among those was Capt. Jeremy Vaughan from China Lake, who also shared remarks regarding the importance of remembering our veterans with this ceremony that is part of a national, annual commemoration. Many teary-eyed participants shared in the ceremony as Mayor Eric Bruen also delivered a moving message.

The truck carrying the wreaths arrived at 8 a.m. and volunteers came out in the cold, rainy weather to assist unloading 1,200 wreaths. There are 1,100 veterans who have been buried at Desert Memorial park.

According to Mike Cash, local coordinator for the event, “the purpose of this massive undertaking all across America is to remember, honor and teach the price of freedom.”

Graves of veterans at the Searles Valley, Mt. Owens, Grapevine Canyon, Rand District, Johannesburg and Ballarat Cemeteries were also provided with wreaths.

Laura Austin Photo: Captain Jeremy Vaughan of China Lake participated in the Wreaths Across America Commemoration that was held at Desert Memorial Park last Saturday.

Story First Published: 2021-12-24