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HONOR AND TEACH

Wreath-laying event remembers those who serve

December 6, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

Already marked with flags, veteran graves at North Side Cemetery will soon be decorated with wreaths for the holidays.

The closing of the year will usher in what its organizers hope is the start of a new tradition in Butler.

At noon Dec. 14, Butler will take part in the National Wreaths Across America Day, when millions of Americans are reminded to remember the fallen, honor those that serve and teach the next generation about the value of freedom.

After two years of staging a ceremony in downtown’s Diamond Park, the General Richard Butler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution this year plans to lay wreaths on the graves of veterans buried in the North Side Cemetery, 1002 N. Main St. Ext.

“We’d been doing the ceremony for the past two years, and then Chuck came along and wanted to do it here,” said Donna Croft, the vice regent and the veterans affairs and voluntary services representative of the local DAR chapter.

Chuck is Charles Veazey Jr. a Butler real estate agent, who was inspired to bring the wreath-laying event to Butler.

“I was at Wreaths Across America in Arlington (National Cemetery),” said Veazey. “And I thought, ‘Why can’t we do this in Butler?’”

This is an excerpt from a larger article that appeared in Sunday’s Butler Eagle. Subscribe online or in print to learn more about the event.