Although the number of cemeteries participating in Ottawa County has been reduced, the committee plans to cover every military veteran gravesite in the entire county over a four-year period, from 2016 to 2019. It is with this in mind that this year's theme for National Wreaths Across America Day - Saturday, Dec. 16 - is "I'm an American".
As participants lay a wreath on the grave of a veteran buried at the cemetery, that person is remembered and honored by speaking the person's name and thanking him or her for their service.
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This is carried out through wreath laying ceremonies at all national cemeteries in all 50 states and beyond.
It honors veterans and those who have lost their lives in the service of their country.
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Those interested in volunteering for Wreaths Across America, either locally or at Arlington National Cemetery, are invited to visit the website www.wreathsacrossamerica.org to learn more.
Trucking companies, and nearly 100 of Omnitracs customers, donate their time and services to fill more than 300 trucks with wreaths that are delivered to more than 1,200 participating cemeteries. Members of the local society of the Children of the American Revolution will place remembrance wreaths on the headstones.
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On Monday a ceremony was held in Dover yesterday as part of the Wreaths Across America.