On January 2, 2019

Veterans’ Home says thanks

Dear Editor,

The Vermont Veterans’ Home wants to thank those who participated in this year’s National Wreaths Across America Day at the Vermont Veterans’ Home. Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the mission to remember, honor and teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.

The weather was much better than the past several years, yet you hardy Vermonters would have participated anyway! Around 400 of you joined in honoring those who had served our great nation. For the second year in a row, we had enough wreaths to lay a wreath, call out the Veteran’s name, and salute all Veterans interned at our Vermont Home. Thank you to Amy Maroney and her team for spearheading this amazing and never to be forgotten accomplishment.

This was our largest turnout ever, we are extremely grateful for you setting aside time during your busy holiday schedule to join us. Several youth groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and church groups were in attendance, along with members of the VFW, American Legion, Lions Club and some I am sure I missed.

We appreciate our state representatives who also joined in, Mary Morrissey, Tim Corcoran II, and Rep. elect Chris Bates.

You all attended not to “decorate graves,” but to commemorate their sacrifice and dedication to these United States and to the cause of everlasting freedom.

A deep thanks to all who attended. Semper Fidelis,

Colonel A. M. Faxon Jr., deputy/COO Vermont Veterans’ Home

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