The Bath National Cemetery is set for Wreaths Across America Day

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BATH, N.Y. (WETM-TV)- The 2019 Wreaths Across America Day will be held on Saturday, Dec 14, in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath VA Medical Center.

This year’s theme is “Everyone Plays a Part” and the mission is to REMEMBER the Fallen, HONOR those who Serve, and TEACH our children the value of Freedom.

It is an event that helps us to never forget that the freedoms we enjoy came at such a great cost by area servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country free and safe.

5,000 wreaths have been sponsored for this year’s event. Placing of wreaths on Veterans graves will begin immediately following the noon ceremony.

The public is invited to participate in the wreath-laying ceremony and can sign up at www.wreathsacrossamericabathny.org.

Arrival time that day is 11:30 AM. Buses will be provided to shuttle volunteers from the designated parking area to the cemetery. Participants are advised to dress accordingly based on weather conditions.

The VA Employees Association, VA Volunteer Services and the Corning-Baron Steuben and Onwentsia DAR Chapters will provide refreshments following the event.

Follow the Bath event on their Facebook page for up-to-date information.

Special note: The main entrance to the Bath VA is closed for bridge repairs. Access to the cemetery is through the rear entrance to the VA from route 415 just north of the NYS police barracks.

Background:

Wreaths Across America (WAA) is carried out through coordinated wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as more than 1,600 locations in all 50 US states, at sea and abroad. In 2018, WAA and the national network of volunteers laid over 1,800,000 wreaths. At Arlington cemetery alone, nearly 60,000 volunteers placed 253,000 wreaths. The WAA mission is to Remember, Honor and Teach about area servicemen and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice — their lives — to keep our country free and safe. It is an event that helps us to never forget that the freedoms we enjoy came at such a great cost. The national website is www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.or

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