Fort Riley, in conjunction with VFW Post 1281 (Herington) and the VFW Kansas Auxiliary, will host a Wreaths Across America ceremony at the post cemetery Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. Unless Fort Riley is operating in a minimal manning/limited services mode due to weather conditions, the ceremony will occur as planned.
1st Infantry Division Deputy Commanding General Brig. Gen. Patrick Frank will provide remarks and Chaplain Timothy Walls will provide the invocation. He, along with other service representatives, will place ceremonial wreaths for each of the armed forces, the Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and POWs/MIAs. Afterward, wreaths will be placed on individual military gravesites in the cemetery.
Wreaths Across America holds simultaneous observances in more than 700 locations in all 50 states and 24 national veteran cemeteries on foreign soil. The intent is to remind people that "Every Stone Has a Story" and to teach younger generations about the value of honoring those who sacrificed to protect America's freedoms. The organization's motto is "Remember, Honor, Teach."
The Fort Riley ceremony is made possible through donations and volunteers. For more information, visit http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
This is the 10th year Fort Riley has been involved with the annual event.