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By Victoria Fowler
Gazette Reporter 

Wreaths will honor veterans again at Bethel Cemetery


October 24, 2019

Members of the WSU ROTC stand with wreaths to be laid for veterans at last year's ceremony. From left to right: SMP Cadet Fickle U.S. army, SMP Cadet Thompson U.S. army, SMP Cadet Bowman U.S. army.

Memorial wreaths will again be placed for veterans buried at Bethel Cemetery at Steptoe Saturday, Dec. 14, as part of the the national Wreaths Across America. The ceremony will take place at noon.

The cost to sponsor a wreath to lay on a grave is $15. This money is due by Veteran's Day, Nov. 11. The deadline will allow enough time for the wreaths to be ordered and shipped for the ceremony.

The mission of Wreaths Across America is to remember fallen U.S. veterans, honor those who serve and teach children the value of freedom.

More than 1,640 cemeteries will be participating in Wreaths Across America on Dec. 14.

Bethel Cemetery has veterans buried from the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, Korean War and others wars. Many of those who are buried have no family to remember them.

At the ceremony, volunteers will gather to say the names out loud of those veterans so they are never forgotten.

This year's goal is to raise $1,650 to get a wreath for all 110 buried veterans in Bethel Cemetery.

Sponsorship money may be turned in to Bethel Cemetery, P.O. Box 76, Steptoe.

To learn more about sponsoring a wreath or about the ceremony contact Cherry Alice Van Tine, 397-2745 or Jim Lemon, 595-5006.


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