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Ava Youth to Participate In Wreath Laying Ceremony for Veterans

When asked why he wanted to participate in the laying of the wreaths ceremony on National Remembrance Day, Ava student C/SSgt Dane Bovard, 13,  responded: “I just think that it’s important to show our gratitude to the fallen men and women that served, and those still serving our country.”
During the past years more than 800 Civil Air Patrol units laid thousands of wreaths in veterans cemeteries across the country.
Bovard and his fellow MO-070 Squadron cadets will again be taking part in this special ceremony in Springfield, Mo.
“There’s no more humbling sight than to see thousands of green wreaths adorning rows of white head stones. It’s a poignant reminder to all of us that these people should not be forgotten.” Lt. Kendra Bovard, the mother of cadet Bovard, remarked adamantly. “I know it takes a day out of our busy lives, but it’s a very small sacrifice to help teach our children there were ultimate sacrifices made so we could live freely.”
The squadron will be working with the Wreaths Across America project by selling the individual wreaths for $15 or 4 for $60. This event will be open to the public Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Springfield National Cemetery. The laying of the wreaths begins at 9 a.m. and the formal color guard ceremony at 11 a.m. If you are interested in sponsoring a remembrance wreath, please contact Kendra Bovard at 970-596-0701. You may make local grave specific requests. The deadline for wreath purchase is Nov. 26. For more information on this project visit www.wreathsacrossamerica. org.