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Wreaths Across America

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  • By Airman 1st Class Ethan Sherwood
  • 17th Training Wing Public Affairs

Members from Goodfellow Air Force Base and the San Angelo community joined together Saturday to honor veterans during the Wreaths Across America ceremony Dec. 14.

Wreaths Across America’s mission is to remember, honor and teach by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery as well as more than 1,600 additional locations in all 50 states, at sea and abroad.

The ceremony, hosted by the San Angelo Civil Air Patrol, began with the playing of the national anthem and the Goodfellow Joint Service Color Guard presented the colors.

Leaders from different service branches at Goodfellow then laid a special wreath to honor prisoners of war, missing in action, veterans and active duty serving in that branch.

Lt. Col. Gary Nussey, Civil Air Patrol San Angelo Composite Squadron commander, spoke on what Wreaths Across America is about.  

“This is an opportunity in the midst of a busy holiday season,” said Nussey. “To remember the freedoms that we have, and to honor those who have paid in the ultimate price in securing those freedoms for us.”

The Civil Air Patrol San Angelo Composite Squadron has been hosting this event for 14 years, and this year there were over 300 wreaths laid across Belvedere Memorial Park Cemetery.