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Terra Nove Garden Club Hosts Ninth Annual 'Wreaths Across America'


On Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 12 Noon Terra Nova Garden Club held for the ninth consecutive year a WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA ceremony wherein Christmas wreaths are place on 103 graves in the Piscatawaytown Burial Ground a/k/a St. James' Church cemetery.   Several people organized this beautiful tribute to veterans from the French and Indian War up to and including the Vietnam War. 
Wreaths Across America is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery which was begun by a Maine businessman, Merrill Worcester, in 1992.  When a wreath is purchased it not only honors a veteran, it also connects with our community in a very special way -- by remembering the heroes of our country.  The goal of WAA is to REMEMBER, HONOR, TEACH.
American Legion Post 211, Cub Scout Troop 110, the Middlesex County Police and Fire Corps, Mara Levine, Chris McCann, Bart Flanzbaum and Deborah Stapenski, Fred Wolke, Red Ellis, Frank Greco, Robin Goodrich (bugler), Dot Jamieson, Margaret Inglese, Kay McCormack, Sylvia Engel, Scout Troop 135, the Honorable Mayor Tom Lankey and Senator Patrick Diegnan all participated in creating a real tribute to our veterans.  Mr. Walter Stochel has indicated the veterans graves in the cemetery so that the wreaths could be easily placed.   Fred Wolke read a very inspirational poem -- I'M AN AMERICAN.
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Particular notice should be given to Deborah Stapenski's students at Monroe Township HS DECA who held a special car wash in the Fall and which allowed us purchase enough wreaths so that we could place a  wreath on almost every grave in the cemetery.
In September 2018, the Terra Nova Garden Club will again sell wreaths for the December 2018 ceremony.  If you'd like to volunteer or have any questions, please don't hesitate to call 732.548.9134.

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