Medina places 56 wreaths for veterans at Boxwood Cemetery

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 December 2016 at 10:46 am


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MEDINA – Medina participated in Wreaths Across America for the fourth time on Saturday when 56 wreaths were placed at veterans’ graves in Boxwood Cemetery.

The Honor Guard with representatives from local veterans’ organizations attended the ceremony at noon, and each veteran’s name was called out when a wreath was set at their grave.

“It’s a very moving ceremony when you listen,” said Kathy Blackburn, chairwoman of the Boxwood Cemetery Commission and local organizer of the Wreaths Across America. “Freedom is not free.”

Wreaths Across America has grown to 1,100 cemeteries in the country. Blackburn would like to reach 100 wreaths for Boxwood, and then expand the effort to include other local cemeteries. The wreaths cost $15 each.

Blackburn said the wreaths will remain at Boxwood after the New Year, and possibly until spring.

Boxwood has been part of Wreaths since 2013, when there were seven wreaths that first year. It grew to 20 in 2014 and 60 last year.

The wreaths can be purchased online at, or through Blackburn or the Village Clerk’s Office.

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