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Wyoming joins "Wreaths Across America" program

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The public is invited to a ceremony for Wyoming's state remembrance wreath on Dec. 6, at 11 a.m., in the rotunda of the Wyoming State Capitol. The ceremony is part of the Wreaths Across America program that honors veterans and their families during the holidays.

The ceremony within the rotunda will be hosted by the Wyoming Veterans Commission with remarks offered by Maj. Gen. Ed Wright, Wyoming's adjutant general. Everyone, especially family members of deployed military and deceased veterans, are invited, as well as veterans, veterans' organizations, and military personnel. Light refreshments will follow the ceremony.

The ceremony will include a moment of silence in remembrance of deployed military and deceased veterans and their families. The remembrance wreath will remain in the rotunda throughout the holiday season.

Dec. 11 will mark the 19th anniversary of wreaths from the state of Maine being donated to decorate the graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., and the third year of a national campaign dubbed "Wreaths Across America" that will bring the same remembrance wreaths to more than 230 national and state veterans cemeteries and monuments across the nation. This year, as in past years, wreaths will be donated for a
special ceremony at each state capitol. All of these specially made wreaths are donated by Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine.

A ceremony featuring the placement of the military branch of service wreaths will take place at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery, in Evansville, at 10 a.m., on Dec. 11. The ceremony is being hosted by the University of Wyoming/Casper College Round Table Honor Society. For more information about the efforts at the veterans' cemetery, contact Nichole Brown at 307-258-0607, or nbrown16@uwyo.edu.

To learn more about the national efforts, go to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

For more information about the rotunda ceremony, contact the Wyoming Veterans Commission at 307-772-5145.