Tenth Annual Wreaths of Remembrance Ceremony To Be Held At Veterans Memorial Cemetery

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MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J. —  The tenth annual Wreaths of Remembrance Ceremony, a gathering to help remember those men and women who defended our country’s freedom, will be held at the Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Saturday, December 7 beginning at 10:00 A.M.

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said that placing the wreaths represents an ongoing gratitude to fallen soldiers.

“By placing these wreaths annually, we continue to show our thanks to those who gave their lives and show that we remember them and will continue to do so for years to come,” Damminger said in a press release.

Freeholder Dan Christy, liaison to the Department of Veterans Affairs, said laying wreaths is especially meaningful for the family members of the fallen.

“For some families, this is a way to include their relatives in their holiday festivities and keep them in their hearts,” Christy said.  “For others, it is a way to honor a veteran for their service and sacrifice.” 

The Ceremony will include a moment of silence for those who served, followed by opening remarks and the announcing of those laying the wreaths. Immediately following the ceremony, volunteers will assist to lay a wreath on each of the individual 2,800 graves.

The organizing committee is seeking donations to purchase the wreaths as well as volunteers to help lay the wreaths at the grave.  To donate or to find more information, please visit the Wreaths of Remembrance website.

The Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery is located at 240 N. Tuckahoe Road in Monroe Township. 

Residents are invited to attend the Wreaths of Remembrance.  Parking will be at Williamstown High School. Bus service will be provided to and from the cemetery.  Vehicles should not park on the roadway.