WAYNE, NJ - Students and staff of Passaic County Technical-Vocational Schools in Wayne have partnered with the Wreaths Across America organization and Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Totowa for National Wreaths Across America Day.

This annual event takes place on December 14 at Noon EST at Arlington National Cemetery as well as at 2,000 other cemeteries across the nation.

“We are the first and only entity in Passaic County to partner with Wreaths Across America for this noteworthy and honorable undertaking,” said Sarah Auerbach, communications coordinator at PCTVS.

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PCTVS students and staff will lay 1,000 wreaths on veteran’s graves at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery as part of the nationwide event.

"We have a strong patriotic culture here at PCTVS," said Sandra Woods, Director of Communications/Special Projects at PCTVS.  "We recognize our veterans during the course of the year on 9/11, Veteran's Day, Pearl Harbor Day, and Memorial Day. This event will be another way for us to honor, remember and teach the legacy of fallen heroes who have served our country. It is our way of saying ‘thank you’ while emphasizing the importance of community and the value of freedom while reinforcing the tenets of remembrance and patriotism.”

In September of this year, Wreaths Across America visited PCTVS in Wayne for a groundbreaking event to share their history and mission to Remember, Honor, Teach the students and staff at PCTVS. The event had such an effect on the PCTVS that they decided to become a part of the national Wreaths Across America day.  For the past two months, students and staff held various fundraisers in order to purchase the 1,000 wreaths that will be used.

The wreath-laying event will begin with a special opening ceremony including the presentation of colors by the PCTVS Reserve Officer Training Corps, a student vocal presentation of the National Anthem, followed by the wreath laying with the help of over 400 students, staff and guests including veterans and community dignitaries. 

“All are welcome to attend,” said Woods. “This will be a special moment for all Americans, especially for those participating and in attendance."