Wreaths Across America Day Honored in Mint Hill At Sunset Memory Gardens

Independence Color Guard begins the ceremony. (Photos by Legionnaire Paul Imirie)
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The annual Wreaths Across America Day was recently held on Saturday, December 18, 2021 nationwide. Locally Mint Hill American Legion Post 555 had the honor of conducting the veteran organizations third annual Wreath Laying Ceremony at Sunset Memory Gardens located on Lawyers Road. There are well over 2000 veterans who have chosen this cemetery to be their final resting place.

From the Revolutionary War to present day conflicts, our veterans are devoted sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers. They come from many different backgrounds in life to potentially place their lives on the line if given the call to defend our freedom and way of life.

Why we do it, we understand we have Veterans Day in the fall and Memorial Day in the spring, but all of our services members sacrifice their time and safety every single day of the year to preserve our freedoms.

In many homes, there is an empty chair or seat for one who is serving or one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our great country. There is no better time to express our appreciation for their service than during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. We gather annually to lay a simple wreath upon a grave to show our veterans and families that we will never forget. We will never forget what they have done for duty, honor, and country.

Indy AFJROTC Cadet and Legionnaire John Ellis.
Cadet Lily Todd displays first wreath with hand salute.
Indy Cadets participate in ceremony posting flags and wreaths.
Cadet receives wreath to be displayed.
Legionnaires Peter McMurtrie and Mike Cochrane lay a wreath with a Boy Scout from Troop 140.
Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Jenkins, Senior ROTC Instructor at Independence High School.
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