GOSHEN – People across the country visited veterans’ graves
placing wreathes at their final resting places as Wreathes Across America
was held simultaneously at mid-day on Saturday. Orange County was no exception.
Several hundred people attended with cold weather temperatures in the
mid-20s to place a wreathe and American flag at each grave.
“The freedoms we enjoy today have not come without a price. Lying
here among us and in cemeteries throughout this nation are men and women
who given their lives so that we can live in freedom and without fear,”
said Orange County Veterans Services Director Christian Farrell in a brief
ceremony. “Our nation stands as a shining beacon of liberty and
freedom to the world. We thank those who gave their lives to keep us free.
We will not forget you.”
Junior ROTC members from Minisink Valley schools placed wreathes and small
American flags at each gravesite, but even more meaningful when family
members had the honor of placing those tokens on their own relatives’
Similar ceremonies were held today in other cemeteries around the region.