By Terri Wiebold; photos courtesy of Douglas County and Aaron Sager
Several hundred volunteers, residents and community organization members gathered at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Castle Rock on December 18 to remember our fallen U.S. veterans, to honor those who serve, and to teach our children the value of freedom. The celebration was held with more than 2,500 other locations in all 50 states, at sea, and abroad as part of Wreaths Across America. Following the simultaneous reading of the names of every veteran laid to rest at each respective cemetery, members from every branch of the service layed a wreath honoring their lost brothers and sisters. A moving tribute of “Taps” closed out the ceremony and then volunteers placed a wreath on the grave of every veteran in the cemetery. There were 477 wreaths placed at Cedar Hill and 50,637 total in Colorado.
Members of the Castle Rock chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are pictured with Lieutenant Blair Crosswhite of the U.S. Navy (back left) and Captain Samuel Krebs of the U.S. Marine Corps (back right).
County Commissioner Lora Thomas (far right) stands with American Heritage Girls Troop 8909 as one of the members places a wreath at a veteran’s grave in Cedar Hill Cemetery as part of the Wreaths Across America celebration.