Locals will have two opportunities to honor fallen Veterans this holiday season with events on Saturday, Dec. 14. In California City, Colleen Murrillo and Heidi Stroh will be holding their community service project “Wreaths for Veterans” ceremony while in Mojave, Tami Kelley is coordinating an official “Wreaths Across America” event for Mojave Junior Senior High School. Both events will see volunteers placing wreaths at the graves of fallen service members in honor of their service and sacrifice.

Mojave’s event at East Kern Cemetery, 2040 Belshaw Street, is part of the national Wreaths Across America Day.

“Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,600 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad,” according to their web site. “From the Revolutionary War to present day conflicts, our veterans are devoted sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers. They come from all backgrounds in life to place those lives on the line for our freedoms. There are millions of individual stories to tell. Get to know them by viewing the 4,760 recent posts made by our supporters or sponsor a wreath in honor of or in memory of an American hero.

“While coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies each December on National Wreaths Across America Day is a big part of what we do, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out throughout the year. From our Remembrance Tree program to the Wreaths Across America Museum in Maine, there are many different ways in which you can get involved!

“Wreaths Across America’s mission touches the lives of thousands of school, scout, civic and religious groups across the country through fundraising for wreath sponsorships. These groups help us ensure that we reach our goal to place a wreath on each hero’s grave. In return, they receive fundraising dollars that assist in furthering their own goals and projects.

“ We understand we have Veterans Day in the fall and Memorial Day in the spring, but our service members sacrifice their time and safety every single day of the year to preserve our freedoms. In many homes, there is an empty seat for one who is serving or one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. There is no better time to express our appreciation than during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. We hope you will join us at any of our more than 1,600 participating locations to show our veterans and their families that we will not forget. We will never forget.”

Although the deadline has past for sponsorship of wreaths in the national event, more information and donations may still be made through wreathsacrossamerica.org for subsequent events. Volunteers from Ashley Furniture were scheduled to deliver the wreaths for the Mojave event Dec. 10.

The California City event will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of VFW Post 9375, 21016 Neuralia Road, as motorcycle riders meet up for a motorcade to California City Memorial Park cemetery, 22000 Randsburg Road. After arrival at the cemetery, a brief ceremony will precede laying the wreaths. A potluck luncheon will follow back the VFW post.

For more information or to donate to the California City event, call 760-373-4505.

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