Valley observes Wreaths Across America
More than 400 Wreaths Across America destined for Eastside Memorial Park and Garden Cemetery are on their way across country and expected to arrive on Monday.
Eastside Memorial Spokesman Nadia Sandoval and Main Street Gardnerville Director Matt Bruback said they plan on distributing the wreaths on Tuesday if anyone would like to help.
Eastside received about 150 of the wreaths it ordered in time for Saturday’s ceremony, while the Garden Cemetery had more people than wreaths at the Gardnerville ceremony.
“May the great Spirit bless these warriors with our love and gratitude and may our Great Spirit bless all of you and your families with love and to protect us from harm,” Washoe Tribal Elder Jean McNichols said in her blessing.
Former Douglas County commissioner Mike Olson served as host for the Gardnerville event. Valley Christian Fellowship Pastor Leo Kruger offered the invocation and the National Anthem was sung by Hannah Palmer.
The Douglas High School ROTC Color Guard brought out the colors. The ceremony in Gardnerville wrapped up with a three-volley salute and Taps from the Nevada Army National Guard.
Sen. James Settelmeyer thanked residents for attending the ceremony in Gardnerville, standing not far from where his father, a U.S. Air Force veteran was interred.
“The main goal of Wreaths Across America is to do three things: to remember, to honor and teach, remember those who’ve fallen, honor those who served and to teach the value of freedom,” he said.
Settelmeyer said that the entire project started with one person, who used to pass by Arlington National Cemetery when he was young and thought there was more that could be done for veterans.
Morrill Worcester started in 1992 wen he had a truckload of material that would have perished that he decided to turn into wreaths for Arlington.
That project grew every year until every grave in Arlington had a wreath.
“Somebody took a picture of that and it went beyond viral,” Settelmeyer said. “In 2014 there were 1,000 locations. Last year there were 1,600 with almost three-quarters of a million wreaths laid. That all started with one person who decided he wanted to honor, remember and teach, and now every first or second Saturday Wreaths Across America does just that.”
Bad weather delayed the truck with many of the wreaths destined for the Gardnerville ceremony.
About half of the wreaths expected at Eastside arrived in time for the ceremony, which featured a Scottish honor guard.