Local News: Local DAR plans to decorate graves again in Jackson (10/19/22)

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Local volunteers gather Dec. 18 at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson to lay wreaths on the headstones of veterans on National Wreaths Across America Day. This year’s celebration, coordinated by the John Guild Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, will take place on December 17 in Russell Heights and Jackson City Cemetery.

Southeast Missouri File

For a second year, the local John Guild chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will participate in National Wreaths Day on December 17 across America.

In remarks Monday at the Jackson Board of Aldermen’s study session, Pam Johnson of the DAR said wreaths would once again be laid on veterans’ graves at Jackson City Cemetery on South High Street and Russell Cemetery Heights, 435 S. Farmington Road.

Johnson said the ceremonies at the two local sites will take place at 11 a.m. to coincide with the noon Eastern Standard Time commemoration at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

“We are working towards our goal of around 1,400 crowns and we are a bit halfway there,” Johnson said, adding that DAR is grateful for the “tremendous support” the initiative has received so far.

In 2021, a total of 1,377 wreaths, made from balsam trees, were delivered to Jackson cemeteries.

Johnson told council the public is cordially invited to either cemetery to help place the wreaths.

Perry County-based Buchheit Logistics, in conjunction with the Buchheit Family Foundation, donated the transportation of two truckloads of wreaths for the Wreaths Across America commemoration in 2021 — the seventh consecutive year for the family business’ participation. .

Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 2007 and honors the memory of deceased veterans using wreaths placed on cemetery headstones.

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