AUGUSTA — Coombs Mills Cemetery, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Road and Leighton Road, is a new addition to the Wreaths Across America program.
On December 18, which is National Wreaths Day across America, the 22 veterans interred in the cemetery are to be honored with wreaths.
The cemetery, one of more than 2,500 participating sites across the country and the world, is sponsored by Pine Tree Post 887, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
The event is open to the public. All veterans, active duty military personnel and their families, as well as the local community, are encouraged to attend and learn more about Wreaths Across America‘s year-long mission: Remember, Honor, Teach. The goal of the event is to raise awareness and honor every veteran.
Those wishing to be included can park at the VFW Post, 509 Leighton Road. There are limited parking spaces at the cemetery and the station is a quarter mile from the cemetery.
Most of the event will take place outdoors, but attendees can head to the station for a briefing at 10 a.m. Social distancing, sanitizing, and masking indoors should protect the health of all visitors in accordance with recommendations from the Maine CDC and other agencies. concerns about the COVID outbreak.
At 11 a.m. the group will walk to the cemetery and lay the wreaths, followed by a short ceremony.
Members of the Pine Tree Post and its auxiliaries work throughout the year to honor their veterans through projects and services that enhance their community. Post Commander Brian McComb, a veteran of Afghanistan, said, “Remembering our fallen veterans honors them and those serving now. This is part of how we teach the next generation the value of service to our country,” according to a Post 887 press release.
Station member James Ware is also the VFW duty officer for Maine. He said: “Last year we helped over 3,500 veterans with service-related disability claims.”
The VFW Service Desk provides free assistance to all eligible veterans with no VFW membership requirement.
For more information, contact the Post Office at [email protected], 207 623-9638, or Post Warrant Officer Charles McGillicuddy at [email protected].
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