November 17, 2018

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Submitted photo PREPARING WREATHS: Baseline-Meridian Chapter United States Daughters of 1812 members and spouses helped to ready 140 wreaths placed on Dec. 12 at the Arkansas Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. From left are Mary Ellen Laursen, John Ochsner, Valerie Hartnett, Sheila Beatty and Frankie Ochsner

USD 1812 made preparations for Wreaths Across America

A total of nearly 5,000 wreaths, the largest number yet to be placed, were set on the gravestones at the Arkansas Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Legion, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Guard, Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, JROTC cadets, active duty military and many other groups and individuals converged on the cemetery to assist placing the wreaths after the ceremony. The event, and the soliciting of donations for the wreaths, was spear-headed by Patriot Guard Riders Central Arkansas Ride Capt. Walter A. Prouty. It is Prouty's goal to see a wreath on every veteran's grave at all veterans' cemeteries in the state.

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