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Local Civil Air Patrol Cadets Honor Veterans Service, Place Wreaths

December 24, 2020

LEESBURG, Va. (Dec 19, 2020) – On Saturday morning, Civil Air Patrol cadets from the Virginia Wing's Leesburg Composite Squadron (VA-117) placed nearly 600 wreaths on the final resting places of military veterans interned at Leesburg’s Union Cemetery.

Observing proper mask and social distancing protocols at all times, the cadets – with the support of adult members – traversed the snow-covered grounds in winter attire to honor the service of the deceased.

“It is a small token of gratitude we can provide each year to remember those who came before us,” said squadron commander Major David Thornton. “We’ve performed this deed annually – rain or shine – and our cadets have always shown up in full force, even with the current climate.”

After the wreaths were placed gravesite, the cadets held a small memorial service at the cemetery’s 1908 Chapel. A member of the Civil Air Patrol’s honor guard placed six additional wreaths, one for each of the nation’s military branches, as well as one honoring Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action.

The Civil Air Patrol’s Wreaths Across America program began in 2006 as an offshoot of the Arlington National Cemetery wreath project, which was started in 1992 with the annual placement of wreaths donated by Worcester Wreath Co. The program has mushroomed in a short time. With its patriotic theme and its increasing visibility, Wreaths Across America is an ideal program for promotion of CAP and the patriotic values CAP holds dear.

CAP’s Cadet Program is open to youth aged 12 through 18. Additionally, there are volunteer opportunities for adults, pilots and non-pilots alike. For more information, contact Major David Thornton via email at david.thornton@vawg.cap.gov, or visit GoCivilAirPatrol.com.

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Contact: Capt Christopher Freeze, CAP, Christopher.Freeze@vawg.cap.gov  

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