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Group To Honor Veterans With Wreath-Laying In Mount Vernon

The Westchester Cadet Squadron 1 of the Civil Air Patrol is set to inaugurate its first Wreaths Across America ceremony at St. Paul's Church in Mount Vernon in December.
The Westchester Cadet Squadron 1 of the Civil Air Patrol is set to inaugurate its first Wreaths Across America ceremony at St. Paul's Church in Mount Vernon in December. Photo Credit: Courtesy Flickr User Thomas V. OConnell

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- The Westchester Cadet Squadron 1 of the Civil Air Patrol is set to inaugurate its first Wreaths Across America ceremony at St. Paul's Church in Mount Vernon in December.

The group, based in New Rochelle, will commence with the inauguration at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 at St. Paul's Church. The ceremony includes the laying of seven wreaths to remember those who served. Representatives said members would place specially designated wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and POW/MIA during the ceremony that will be coordinated simultaneously at more than 400 participating locations across the country.

"It is projected that in 2013, more than 100,000 volunteers nationwide will take part in the Wreaths Across America (WAA) mission to Remember; Honor; and Teach," representatives said. "This year will mark the first time that both St. Paul’s Church and Westchester Cadet Squadron 1 will be participating in WAA. St. Paul’s Church was chosen by the squadron due to its historical significance in this country’s birth, honoring those who bravely fought for our country’s independence. The grounds consist of the 18th-century church that was used as a Revolutionary War hospital, a historic cemetery with burial stones dating to 1704, and the remnant of a Village Green that was the site of the Election of 1733 which raised issues of Freedom of Religion and the Press."

Guests are invited to join in St. Paul's holiday program following the ceremony.

For more information, residents are asked to visit the

For more information on the site, please visit St. Paul's Church website.

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