Bloomington, IL (December 12, 2012)
An Arlington National Cemetery tradition is coming to Bloomington. Community volunteers will gather Saturday morning, to honor military veterans. The event, at Miller Park, is part of Wreaths Across America Day, which coincides with wreaths being placed at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. and other locations across the country.
"Laying these wreaths is a way to remember the sacrifices made by fallen soldiers, honor our military and their families and to teach our children about our freedom and those who protect it," said Marie Dillon, President of State Farm's Military Affinity Group.
In 2010, Wreaths Across America, a national non-profit organization, and its network of volunteers laid over 220,000 memorial wreaths at more than 500 locations in the United States and beyond.
WHAT: For the 6th year, local veterans, State Farm's Military Affinity Group, and local elected officials will participate in the laying of the wreath ceremony.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Dec. 15
WHERE: Vietnam Memorial at Miller Park
WHO: Local veterans, elected officials and Bloomington Mayor Steve Stockton have been invited to participate in the ceremony.
In honor of her son serving for a year, and now safely back on American soil, Karen Shinville will have the honor of lighting the Christmas Tree this year at the WAA event.
Holly Anderson, State Farm Public Affairs, (309) 735-7745
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