Remember, honor & teach

Ceremony honoring fallen veterans at Gap cemeteries Dec. 14

CRANFILLS GAP - Whether it's in Normandy, France or Arlington, Virginia or Cranfills Gap, Texas, the “Remember, Honor and Teach” mission of the Wreaths Across America organization honors the local men and women who lost their lives in serving all of our nation’s wars.

This year, National Wreaths Across America Day will be held in Cranfills Gap on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Locally, WAA started at the Cranfills Gap Cemetery in 2018, and this year will expand the ceremonial wreath-laying to all three Cranfills Gap Cemeteries thanks to an army of dedicated volunteers. Family, friends and the general public are invited to attend the Cranfills Gap ceremonies and to participate in laying wreath on the graves.

The Cranfills Gap wreath-laying will start at 10 a.m. at the Olaf’s Kirke, as known as the Rock Church, with 50 wreaths, then on to the Boggy Cemetery on FM219 for another 70 wreaths at around 12:30 p.m. before concluding at the Cranfills Gap Cemetery at approximately 2 p.m. to lay 170 wreaths in honor of the fallen local service men and women.

The Cranfills Gap Cemetery is on the south side of Hwy. 22, just west of town. For more information, contact Grover McMains at 254-253-1669.

In 2017 alone, Wreaths Across America and its national network of volunteers laid over 1.5 million veterans' wreaths at 1,433 locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad. At least 1,500 participating locations across the country also host wreath-laying ceremonies.

Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS

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