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'Wreaths Across America' at Steptoe, Colfax


December 20, 2018

A flag and wreath rest on the grave of Charles McCory, a veteran of the Grand Army of the Republic. He is one of four Civil War veterans buried at Steptoe.

A ceremony to place memorial Christmas wreaths at the graves of veterans was conducted Saturday under sunny skies at Steptoe's Bethel Cemetery. The wreaths were placed at the graves of 105 military veterans in Steptoe as part of a new national remembrance program, "Wreaths Across America," based in Columbia Falls, Maine.

The project was also extended to the Colfax cemetery.

The wreaths at Steptoe were placed on the graves Friday by Steptoe School students under the supervision of Principal Eric Patton and teacher Corey Baerlocher. The students were credited for taking on the task in terribl...

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