Parsons participates in Wreaths Across America

This year for the first time, Parsons Cemetery will participate in Wreaths Across America.

Every December, thousands of wreaths are transported from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery and other veterans’ cemeteries for the national Wreaths Across America, and placed on thousands of graves.

This year, wreaths will also be placed on graves at Parsons Cemetery, on North Division Street, during a ceremony at 10 a.m. on Dec. 16.

It will begin on North Division Street at the main gate.

The procession will move to the Water’s Edge section of the cemetery. Mayor Jake Day will be guest speaker and Taps will be played.

Members of the Maryland Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Honor Guard will escort the wreaths, carried by a vintage U.S. Truck owned by Delmarva Veteran Builders and accompanied by veterans and local residents.

Jeff Merritt, of Operation We Care will give opening remarks and Rick Fahey, chairman of the Cemetery Advisory Committee, will be host.

The National Anthem and the theme song I’m An American will be performed by children from the Magi and Allen Memorial Baptist Church choirs.

There will be a moment of silence and presentation of colors by the Honor Guard.

Volunteers will place live wreaths on the headstones or memorials of veterans, honoring each by saying his or her name.

Those who support Parsons Cemetery, established in 1873, set the goal of raising money for 500 remembrance wreaths. That goal has been reached and donations are still be accepted, until Dec. 1. To donate, see


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