Forest Hill Cemetery holds wreath laying ceremony for fallen veterans

More than 1200 locations throughout the country are laying wreaths on the gravestones of fallen veterans.

Posted: Dec. 15, 2018 6:29 PM

UTICA-More than 1200 locations throughout the country are laying wreaths on the gravestones of fallen veterans.

The Wreaths Across America organization started this national ceremony. Its an event based on the famous wreath laying at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Locally, the Forest Hill Cemetery in Utica will be participating in this national ceremony for the first time.

Throughout the nation, at precisely noon, 1200 wreath ceremonies were started to honor those who served this holiday season.

Veterans gathered in the cemetery plot designated for fallen veterans. Joe Fraccola was there to honor a veteran that he knew.

"Today I laid a wreath on a fellow veteran that I work with. So, I was happy to be able to do that this year, and his name is Michael A. Grona." Said Fraccola

Each branch of the military was honored today with a designated wreath. POWs also had a designated wreath.

"Its just a very special way of remembering and giving thanks in this country for those who served." Said Suzanne Bellinger

The wreaths will be on display for the rest of the year.

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