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Mo. State Veterans Cemeteries to host wreaths ceremony

Friday, December 2, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Veterans Commission's six State Veterans Cemeteries will host Wreaths Across America, a holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember our nation's Veterans on Saturday, December 10, 2011.

The Worcester Wreath Company began donating holiday wreaths in tribute to Veterans laid to rest at VA's 131 national cemeteries and 79 state Veterans cemeteries in 2006. For the past 19 years, they have donated wreaths for gravesites

at Arlington National Cemetery. In addition

to wreaths placed

at Arlington, Worcester Wreath will donate seven ceremonial wreaths to each of over 350 state and national Veterans cemeteries across the country.

"We owe a great debt of gratitude to those who sacrificed their lives so we could live free. This ceremony honors Veterans, Active Duty military, and their families by not forgetting, by remembering what they did and what they stood for," said Larry D. Kay, Executive Director of the commission.

The cemetery locations and times are as follows:

Bloomfield Veterans Cemetery, 17357 Stars and Stripes Way, Bloomfield, MO 63825 / Phone: 573-568-3871 / Ceremony begins at 11:00 am.

Higginsville Veterans Cemetery, 20109 Business Hwy. 13, Higginsville, MO 64037 / Phone:660-584-5252 / Ceremony begins at 11:00 am.

Fort Leonard Wood Veterans Cemetery, 25350 Highway H, Waynesville, MO 65583 / Phone: 573-774-3496 /

Ceremony begins at 11:00 am.

Jacksonville Veterans Cemetery, 1479 County Road 1675, Jacksonville, MO 65260 / Phone: 660-295-4237 / Ceremony begins at 11:00 am.

Springfield Veterans Cemetery, 5201 South Southwood, Springfield, MO 65804 / Phone:417-823-3944 / Ceremony begins at 11:00 am.

St. James Veterans Cemetery, 620 N. Jefferson, St. James, MO 65559 / Phone: 573-265-3271 / Ceremony begins at 1:00 pm.

The Missouri Veterans Commission operates seven State Veterans Homes, six State Veterans Cemeteries, and the Veterans Services Program. For more information about the Missouri

Veterans Commission

programs, call 573-751-3779, go online to www.mvc.dps.mo.gov or on Facebook.

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