Honoring veterans with wreaths


Henry Casey SUVCW holds ‘Wreaths Across America’ ceremony

By Robert Grim - For AIM Media



Several volunteers from the Amazon facility in Wilmington participated in the wreath laying, including Rachel Gabbard (right), a U.S. Army veteran.

Several volunteers from the Amazon facility in Wilmington participated in the wreath laying, including Rachel Gabbard (right), a U.S. Army veteran.


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Community volunteers placing flags on the graves of veterans in the Washington Cemetery included volunteers from the Highland County Veterans Services Office, and the Amazon center in Wilmington.


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Ceremonial wreaths placed near the cemetery flag pole honoring veterans from all branches of the United States military. Each wreath has a small U. S. flag along with the military service branch flag.


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Camp Junior Vice Commander Charles Rose, a U. S. Army veteran, presents the ceremonial wreath honoring the Coast Guard.


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Camp Senior Vice Commander Kelly Hopkins, a U. S. Army veteran, presents the ceremonial wreath honoring U. S. Army veterans.


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Henry Casey Camp member Michael Sutton, a military veteran, presents the ceremonial wreath for deceased Navy veterans.


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Henry Casey Camp Secretary Shane L. Milburn, who is a past Ohio Department SUVCW Commander and a U. S. Marine veteran, presents the ceremonial wreath for deceased Marine veterans.


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Shawn A. Cox, Past Henry Casey Camp and Past Ohio Department SUVCW Commander, served as master of ceremonies for the wreath laying ceremony. Pictured left to right: Camp Commander David Meister; Malachi Meister; Camp Secretary Shane L. Milburn; Shawn A. Cox; Camp Junior Vice Commander Charles Rose and Camp Senior Vice Commander Kelly Hopkins.


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Taking time for a photo are some of the Henry Casey Camp SUVCW members, wreath sponsors and community volunteers who participated in the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Washington Cemetery Saturday.


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WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE — Several members of the Henry Casey Camp 92 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), along with several wreath sponsors and volunteers from the community, braved the cool weather on Saturday at noon to participate in the Wreaths Across America ceremony held at the Washington Cemetery honoring the military veterans buried there.

Among the community volunteers were veterans from the Highland County Veterans Services Office and veterans from the Amazon facility in Wilmington.

The local event was one of 3,702 such ceremonies held at various locations across America at noon on Saturday. A total of 2.7 million wreaths were placed on the graves of veterans nationwide. Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization best known for placing veterans’ wreaths on the graves at Arlington National Cemetery.

Henry Casey Camp member Shawn A. Cox, a past Ohio Department SUVCW Commander and the camp coordinator for the event, served as master of ceremonies for the program. After a brief account of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War being a Congressionally-chartered organization that is the legal heir to the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), a wreath was placed at the flag pole located in the new veteran’s area in the cemetery honoring veterans from all branches of the United States military.

The wreath honoring U.S. Army veterans was placed by the camp senior vice commander, Kelly Hopkins, a U.S. Army veteran. The Navy wreath was placed by Camp member Charles Rose, a U.S. Army veteran. The U. S. Air Force wreath was placed by Camp Commander David Meister. The wreath honoring the U.S. Marines was placed by the camp secretary and past Ohio Department Commander Shane L. Milburn, a U.S. Marine veteran.

The U. S. Coast Guard wreath was placed by camp member Michael Sutton, a U.S. Army veteran. The U.S. Merchant Marine wreath was placed by a couple from Amazon of Wilmington; Eric Broeker, USMC veteran and Rachel Gabbard, U.S. Army veteran. Malachi Meister placed the Space Force wreath; and Shari Hall, a U. S. Army veteran from Amazon in Wilmington, presented the POW/MIA wreath.

Camp members and community volunteers placed over 54 wreaths on the graves of military veterans buried in the Washington Cemetery. Most of the wreaths were placed on the graves of Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans. At each gravesite, the person placing the wreath would announce the name of the veteran, thank him for his service and salute. It is believed that a veteran is not forgotten as long as his name is remembered.

Cox said he hoped more wreath sponsors and volunteers can be found next year so that more veterans can be honored. In addition to the Washington Cemetery, the Casey Camp members honored veterans in three other area cemeteries with wreaths.

To sponsor a wreath and stay informed about event details, those interested are encouraged to visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org/OHO137P

Several volunteers from the Amazon facility in Wilmington participated in the wreath laying, including Rachel Gabbard (right), a U.S. Army veteran.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/12/web1_Photo-No.-9.jpgSeveral volunteers from the Amazon facility in Wilmington participated in the wreath laying, including Rachel Gabbard (right), a U.S. Army veteran. Courtesy photos

Community volunteers placing flags on the graves of veterans in the Washington Cemetery included volunteers from the Highland County Veterans Services Office, and the Amazon center in Wilmington.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/12/web1_Photo-No.-8.jpgCommunity volunteers placing flags on the graves of veterans in the Washington Cemetery included volunteers from the Highland County Veterans Services Office, and the Amazon center in Wilmington. Courtesy photos

Ceremonial wreaths placed near the cemetery flag pole honoring veterans from all branches of the United States military. Each wreath has a small U. S. flag along with the military service branch flag.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/12/web1_Photo-No.-7.jpgCeremonial wreaths placed near the cemetery flag pole honoring veterans from all branches of the United States military. Each wreath has a small U. S. flag along with the military service branch flag. Courtesy photos

Camp Junior Vice Commander Charles Rose, a U. S. Army veteran, presents the ceremonial wreath honoring the Coast Guard.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/12/web1_Photo-No.-6.jpgCamp Junior Vice Commander Charles Rose, a U. S. Army veteran, presents the ceremonial wreath honoring the Coast Guard. Courtesy photos

Camp Senior Vice Commander Kelly Hopkins, a U. S. Army veteran, presents the ceremonial wreath honoring U. S. Army veterans.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/12/web1_Photo-No.-5.jpgCamp Senior Vice Commander Kelly Hopkins, a U. S. Army veteran, presents the ceremonial wreath honoring U. S. Army veterans. Courtesy photos

Henry Casey Camp member Michael Sutton, a military veteran, presents the ceremonial wreath for deceased Navy veterans.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/12/web1_Photo-No.-4.jpgHenry Casey Camp member Michael Sutton, a military veteran, presents the ceremonial wreath for deceased Navy veterans. Courtesy photos

Henry Casey Camp Secretary Shane L. Milburn, who is a past Ohio Department SUVCW Commander and a U. S. Marine veteran, presents the ceremonial wreath for deceased Marine veterans.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/12/web1_Photo-No.-3.jpgHenry Casey Camp Secretary Shane L. Milburn, who is a past Ohio Department SUVCW Commander and a U. S. Marine veteran, presents the ceremonial wreath for deceased Marine veterans. Courtesy photos

Shawn A. Cox, Past Henry Casey Camp and Past Ohio Department SUVCW Commander, served as master of ceremonies for the wreath laying ceremony. Pictured left to right: Camp Commander David Meister; Malachi Meister; Camp Secretary Shane L. Milburn; Shawn A. Cox; Camp Junior Vice Commander Charles Rose and Camp Senior Vice Commander Kelly Hopkins.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/12/web1_Photo-No.-2.jpgShawn A. Cox, Past Henry Casey Camp and Past Ohio Department SUVCW Commander, served as master of ceremonies for the wreath laying ceremony. Pictured left to right: Camp Commander David Meister; Malachi Meister; Camp Secretary Shane L. Milburn; Shawn A. Cox; Camp Junior Vice Commander Charles Rose and Camp Senior Vice Commander Kelly Hopkins. Courtesy photos

Taking time for a photo are some of the Henry Casey Camp SUVCW members, wreath sponsors and community volunteers who participated in the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Washington Cemetery Saturday.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/12/web1_Photo-No.-1-1-.jpgTaking time for a photo are some of the Henry Casey Camp SUVCW members, wreath sponsors and community volunteers who participated in the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Washington Cemetery Saturday. Courtesy photos
Henry Casey SUVCW holds ‘Wreaths Across America’ ceremony

By Robert Grim

For AIM Media