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Remembering them with a wreath

Laying Christmas wreaths on the graves of deceased veterans who now rest at Ridgelawn Memorial Cemetery is Aidan Gibson. Gibson is a member of Cub Scout Pack 4, Den 19 and a second-grader at Leonard Elementary. Burbas is a first-grader at Lakeville Elementary and a Tiger Cub with Pack 4. (click for larger version)
December 19, 2012 - Veterans, scouts and citizens converged on Ridgelawn Memorial Cemetery in Oxford Village Saturday to pay their respects to all those who've put on a military uniform and served the United States with honor.

They all participated in the annual "Wreaths Across America" program, which takes place at cemeteries across the nation.

Christmas wreaths are placed beside the grave of each veteran to show that although they're no longer with us, they are not forgotten, especially during the holiday season.

Ridgelawn is the final resting place for more than 200 veterans.

This is the fourth year that the private cemetery has participated in this ceremony and the community is grateful to its owners, the Achesons.

CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.
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