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McGuire Squadron seeks sponsors for wreath-laying salute to veterans

posted Oct 25, 2019, 7:54 AM by William Petzinger

MCGUIRE AFB (Oct. 25, 2019) – The Civil Air Patrol’s McGuire Composite Squadron will be teaming up with Wreaths Across America on Dec. 14 for a wreath-laying tribute to veterans at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The mission of Wreaths Across America is to remember the fallen, honor those who serve, and teach the next generation the value of freedom.

A fundraiser is scheduled for Nov 16-17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at New Egypt Marketplace, 53 Main Street in New Egypt. Wreaths may also be purchased online at https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/22679. Sponsorship starts at $15 per wreath. The goal is to sponsor all the wreaths needed to honor every veteran at the cemetery.

As a major partner in Wreaths Across America, Civil Air Patrol has adorned memorials and veterans’ graves with balsam wreaths to remember the sacrifices of the nation’s service members. Last year, more than 1.5 million wreaths were sponsored and placed at 1,400-plus cemeteries or memorial sites, including Arlington National Cemetery, across the U.S. and abroad. Wreath Across America was started by Morrill Worcester and his family in 2007.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 66,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 28,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.