Civil Air Patrol

Nearly 400 wreaths laid to honor veterans at Central Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery

Photo by 1st Lt. Kelly Kuether – Fox Cities Composite Squadron’s cadets, Technical Sergeant Jacob Ahlf, 2nd Lieutenant Jacob Reuter, 2nd Lieutenant Alex Roberts and Master Sergeant Cody Kuether present the colors during the Wreaths Across America ceremony on Saturday.

KING, Wis. – Nearly 100 veterans and members of the Central Wisconsin community came to King, Wis. in the cold rain to honor veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony on Saturday.

Wreaths were placed on nearly 400 of the 6500 graves at this cemetery dedicated to Wisconsin veterans and their spouses. State Representative Kevin Petersen, 40th Assembly District and Brigadier General Scott D. Legwold, Director, Joint Staff, Wisconsin Joint Force Headquarters, Wisconsin National Guard; spoke at a short ceremony. The ceremony was timed to coincide with a similar ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and 700 other veterans’ memorials and cemeteries across the United States as well as at 24 cemeteries dedicated to American service members on foreign soil.

Seven ceremonial wreaths were placed to remember all who served in the U.S. Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine as well as one to honor all POW/MIAs. Placed during the 11 a.m. ceremony, it is meant to honor their sacrifices and teach our younger generations about the high cost of our freedom.

Participating groups in this solemn ceremony:

  • Civil Air Patrol; Major Chris Klein, CAP national logistics officer, acted as master of ceremonies and project coordinator.
  • American Legion Riders Post #8 of Wisconsin Rapids led a fundraising drive to sponsor many of the wreaths which was the largest number of wreaths provided at any site in Wisconsin.
  • American Legion Post of Wautoma provided both a rifle squad for the final salute and a bugler for taps.
  • Civil Air Patrol’s Fox Cities Composite Squadron provided a color guard for the ceremony.
  • Support was also provided by additional American Legion Posts; the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King; the Patriot Guard, Veterans of Foreign Wars; the Vietnam Veterans of America; other veterans organizations; individual veterans; their families and supporters.

Over 400,000 wreaths were sponsored by individuals, businesses and groups from communities nation-wide. Wreaths were placed in all 50 states from Maine to Alaska and Hawaii, as well as at 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil.

If you would like to sponsor a wreath next December, or would like more information about next year’s ceremony planned for 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2013; please contact Chris Klein at 715-281-2917.

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