‘Wreaths Across America’ Inspires New Tribute Event In Dover
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This is noteworthy on a different level because, in a sense, Wreaths Across America is already a somewhat local event as it is. If you aren't aware, Wreaths Across America is an annual week-long event that begins in Maine (the Wreaths Across America National Headquarters and Museum is based in Columbia Falls) and ends in Arlington, Virginia at the Arlington National Cemetery. Wreaths are placed at the grave sites of fallen patriots not only at Arlington National Cemetery but across the country.
This year, for the first time ever, a local event was organized to be carried out this past Saturday, which is also known as Wreaths Across America Day. Supporters and volunteers gathered at the Elks monument off East Watson Road in Dover at 10 a.m. and made their way over to Pine Hill Cemetery to take part in the first "Wreaths Across NH-Dover" ceremony, where 600 wreaths were laid at the grave sites of our local fallen heroes.
The event was organized by Dover local Matt Mayberry, who actually ran for mayor of the city last month. The event was a success and had a significant turnout, especially since it was the inaugural year and kicked off during a pandemic (not to mention frigid day that was just two days removed from a massive snowstorm).