Local volunteers supporting Wreaths Across America Day have been working hard to ensure Veterans Memorial Park’s nine monuments will be honored again this year with the placement of live, balsam ceremonial wreaths.

The local ceremony, which is part of National Wreaths Across America Day 2020, is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 at the park.

This year, the ceremonies that are held across the country at more than 2,200 participating locations, may look a little different. The national nonprofit organization is making every effort to meet CDC recommended safety guidelines, while also adhering to state, local, and park safety measures implemented due to COVID-19.

The public is welcome to observe the ceremony wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

The ceremony will be an abbreviated one, compared to last year, in order to limit gathering time. The Rockport-Fulton High School Navy Junior ROTC will place the wreaths on the monuments, followed by brief comments by Rockport Mayor Pat Rios.

“It is important that during challenging times we all take a moment to remember those who have met and overcome challenges – like our nation’s military and their families – and show unity in our American spirit while we work together in an effort to march forward in the face of what seems to be insurmountable odds,” said Wreath Across America Executive Director Karen Worcester. “We are so grateful to the good people of this great nation for participating in the mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach.”

About Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. At Arlington, the ceremony begins at noon, and at all other locations in 50 states, the ceremony begins simultaneously, but within each state’s own time zone. That is why Rockport’s ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

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