ROXBURY, NJ – The snow-covered graves of more than 600 military veterans buried in Roxbury were adorned today with wreaths as part of the annual Wreaths Across America remembrance ceremony.
Coordinated by the Ferro Monte Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the event included visits, and speeches, by Rep. Leonard Lance, (R-7th Dist.), Picatinny Arsenal Garrison Commander Lt. Colonel Jeffery Ivey and Kenvil VFW Post 2833 Commander John Lehnert.
The wreaths were placed on veteran graves at the First Presbyterian and United Methodist Church joint cemetery in Succasunna and at the Flanders Hillside Cemetery. Every veteran grave in both cemeteries received a wreath, said organizer Kim Armstrong.
She noted the Roxbury event was one of more than 1,400 across the nation, including at Arlington National Cemetery, where wreaths were placed during the morning. Nearly 1.6 million wreaths were purchased by people wishing to participate.
“We are all proud to be Americans that live in a free society made up of many people, of many races, from many walks of life,” said Lehnert, speaking inside the First Presbyterian Church. “The freedoms we enjoy today have not come without a price. Lying here and in cemeteries throughout this nation are men and women who gave their lives so we could live in freedom and without fear.”
Ivey said Wreaths Across America has become “a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of our children who rest in this cemetery and others.”