130 wreaths will be placed on veterans’ graves in Medina on Saturday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 December 2018 at 2:54 pm

File photo by Tom Rivers: Wreaths are shown on veterans’ graves at Boxwood Cemetery in Medina last January.

MEDINA – Boxwood Cemetery will be part of Wreaths Across America on Saturday for the sixth time, and this year will include 130 wreaths, double the previous high.

There will be a ceremony at noon on Saturday at the cemetery on Route 63, north of the village. Assemblyman Steve Hawley will join local veterans in the presentation.

Community members and volunteers are welcome to the ceremony and then to help place wreaths on veterans’ graves, said Kathy Blackburn, the organizer and president of the Boxwood Cemetery Commission.

She thanked the community members and several local organizations for buying the wreaths at $15 each. The American Legion, VFW, Junior Wilson Sportsmen’s Club and Sacred Heart Club all bought wreaths which will be displayed throughout the winter.

Blackburn has organized the event since 2013, and it debuted with seven with colorful red ribbons.

“We started with seven and it has just kept growing,” Blackburn said.

For more on National Wreaths Across America Day, click here.

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