Orange County’s goal is to once again put a wreath on every grave in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
The county will host a Wreaths Across America ceremony at noon on Saturday, Dec. 14.
“Wreaths Across America is an opportunity for all of us to honor our veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus. "It’s a great event that brings our community together during the holiday season and pays tribute to those who proudly served our country. We look forward to hosting the ceremony again this year and hope that you’ll support it by donating or volunteering.”
Wreaths may be purchased until Nov. 25 at the Veterans Service Agency, located at 111 Craigville Road in Goshen. Wreaths are $15 each or three for $30. Sponsor donations in any amount are also welcome. Make checks payable to “Nam Knights M/C” with WAA 2019 written on the memo line. Wreaths may also be purchased at WreathsAcrossAmerica.com using cemetery code NYOCVM.
The Veterans Service Agency is also seeking volunteers for the ceremony. The 19-acre cemetery has 12,500 plots. Approximately 3,400 men and women are buried there, including 2,700 veterans.
Approximately 1,300 people attended last year’s Wreaths Across America ceremony at the county’s veterans cemetery.
“The Wreaths Across America ceremony allows us to honor those who have sacrificed their lives for this great Country in a special way,” said Christian Farrell, the County’s Veterans Service Agency Director. “We are proud to once again take part in this meaningful event with our partners in the veterans community and appreciate the support that we have received from residents and dedicated volunteers throughout Orange County
For more information about the County’s Wreaths Across America ceremony, contact Dave Andryshak at 845-494-3768. The Veterans Memorial Cemetery is located at 111 Craigville Road in Goshen.