Organizers of Wreaths Across America ceremonies have announced two events will be held in Lincoln next week – a Statehouse ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday (Dec. 11) and a wreath-laying ceremony at 11 a.m. next Saturday (Dec. 16) at Wyuka Cemetery.

The Statehouse ceremony will be held in the Warner Chambers and will involve the official wreath to be presented to the state. Lt. Governor Mike Foley and Colonel Tom Brewer, a state senator, will speak.

Former Governor and U.S. Senator Ben Nelson will be the keynote speaker at the Wreath Laying Ceremony next Saturday at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 O St. After the official ceremony, volunteers will help lay approximately 1,600 wreaths on veterans' graves at Wyuka.

Crete Carrier, which has played an official role in the caravan of wreaths delivered to Arlington National Cemetery, will have one of its Patriot Trucks on display during the ceremony.

The public is encouraged to attend both ceremonies.

About the program

“The mission of Wreaths Across America is to remember our fallen veterans, honor those who are currently serving, and teach our children about the sacrifices made for our freedom,” said event spokesman Greg Osborn.

Started in 1992 at Arlington National Cemetery with laying 5,000 wreaths, Wreaths Across America now has programs in 1,300 communities in the U.S., abroad and at sea. This marks the seventh year of the event in Lincoln.

As part of the programs, Wreaths Across America sends a large wreath to each of the State Capitols and is presented at the Capitol Ceremony. Wreaths to be placed on the graves are purchased for $15 each by anyone wishing to participate in honoring veterans in this ceremony.

“We will be laying around 1,600 wreaths this year at the Lincoln program at the two Soldier Circles in Wyuka Cemetery,” said Osborn.

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