DARIEN, Conn. -- Local residents can help pay tribute to veterans by volunteering to help lay wreaths at the Darien Spring Grove Veterans' Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 17.
Organizers are encouraging residents to attend the Wreaths Across America dedication ceremony at noon at the cemetery located at 41 Hecker Ave.
There are 2,160 veterans buried in the Darien cemetery, one of three designated official veterans’ cemeteries in the state. The other two are in Middletown and Rocky Hill.
Local fundraisers have collected 1273 wreath sponsorships for Darien’s Spring Grove Cemetery this year, which is conducted simultaneously with the wreath ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Those interested in helping place the wreaths are asked to arrive at the cemetery by 11:30 a.m. to prepare for the noon ceremony.
Those attending early will be able to enjoy seasonal music by the Coastal Chordsmen, a men’s a cappella chorus, who will also sing the National Anthem. The Darien VFW Post 6933 bugler, Anthony Montimurro will play Taps.
In 2016, Wreaths Across America marks the 25th anniversary of the Worcester Wreath Company donating wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery.
This year, members of Darien’s Monuments and Ceremonies Commission partnered with several Darien civic groups including Good Wife’s River DAR Chapter, the Masonic Club of Darien, the Darien VFW, the DHS Support Our Soldiers, and local Scout troops.
The annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery was started by a Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester in 1992.