(Le Mars) — The Wasmer Post #241 American Legion of Le Mars joined hundreds of other American Legion posts this morning with the placement of “Wreaths Across America.” A short ceremony was held at the Plymouth County Veterans Memorial Park, located on the former Westmar College campus at 1001 3rd Avenue S.E., just north of the YMCA.
The wreaths originate from Maine and have been sent
to more than 1400 locations nationwide, with the idea the wreaths will be placed at veterans graves, and national military cemeteries, including Arlington National Cemetery. The Le Mars American Legion placed seven wreaths at the local veterans memorial park. One wreath for each of the various different military branches including: Army, Navy, Marines, Air
Force, Coast Guard, and two others in honor of those who lost their lives serving the Merchant Marines, and a wreath for the POW’s and MIA’s.
Past Post Commander Wayne Schipper says the wreaths are placed during ceremonies in the military tradition. This reverent gesture marks sacred ground. A suspended wreath eternally embodies this ritual of remembrance. Legion member and chaplain, Herman “Bud” VanderWell read the invocation prayer. Schipper delivered the opening remarks regarding the placement of the wreaths.
Following the opening remarks, various Legion members were called to place the wreaths honoring the different branches of the military.
Adjutant Legion member Jim Rolfes offered some closing remarks. Schipper says the “Wreaths Across America” are dedicated to remember the sacrifices of veterans from wars dating back to the American Revolution.