Paying tribute to veterans with holiday wreaths

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By Ed Karvoski Jr, Contributing Writer

Commander Fred Russell and Chaplain Charles Kiefer of Victor R. Quaranta American Legion Post 397 lay wreaths. Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Shrewsbury – The holiday season is traditionally a time to remember others with a gesture of appreciation. On Dec. 15, fallen military veterans were remembered with a wreath-laying ceremony at Mountain View Cemetery in Shrewsbury.

For the fifth year, the Victor R. Quaranta American Legion Post 397 sponsored the ceremony in conjunction with Wreaths Across America (WAA). In exchange for a donation to WAA, the post received 27 wreaths to place at veterans’ graves. The local ceremony was coordinated by Commander Fred Russell. Selectmen Chair John Lebeaux expressed gratitude to veterans on behalf of the Board of Selectmen.

Attendees included Selectmen Beth Casavant, Maurice DePalo and Moira Miller, and Director of Public Facilities Angela Snell. Assisting with wreath layings were members of Boy Scout Troop 1004, whose sponsor is Ray Stone American Legion Post 238.

For the 27th year, holiday wreaths were delivered to Arlington National Cemetery by Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine. The convoy makes stops along the route to spread WAA’s mission to remember fallen military veterans, honor those who serve and teach children the value of freedom. This year’s stops in Massachusetts were Dec. 10 at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School in Fitchburg, and Dec. 11 at Worcester State University.

Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Selectmen Chair John Lebeaux expresses gratitude to veterans.
Wreaths are distributed to members of Boy Scout Troop 1004.
Retired Air Force Maj. Gail Harrington lays a wreath.