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Fallen service members remembered in Putnam County

December 19, 2018 GMT

RED HOUSE, W.Va. — The Putnam County community participated in the annual Wreaths Across America remembrance on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens near Red House.

From Arlington Cemetery near the nation’s capital to California, Americans came together Saturday to place wreaths on the graves of those who gave their lives so the ceremonies could even take place.

Wreaths Across America started in 1992 when the owner of a Maine wreath company ended the year with a surplus. With the help of his senator, Morrill Worcester took his wreaths to Arlington to place them on the graves in an older, less trafficked part of the cemetery. The annual tradition continued quietly until 2005, when a photo of the wreaths found its way around the internet and sparked the interests of those across the country wanting to help with the Arlington project and start their own projects locally. Today, ceremonies take place at more than 1,400 locations in all 50 states. The goal of Wreaths Across America is to remember, honor and teach.