Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, wreath-laying ceremonies are held at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad. This year, the event falls on Dec. 16, and one of the locations will be New Bern National Cemetery.
Ken Dimpsey of National Wreaths Across America said there are four national cemeteries in North Carolina — New Bern, Wilmington, Salisbury and Raleigh. New Bern’s is the largest in the state, with 1,517 souls buried there.
The organization is accepting donations of to cover the $15-per-live-wreath cost.
“The main thing we’re trying to do is honor veterans,” Dimpsey told the Board of Aldermen last week.
Nov. 22 is the cutoff date for accepting donations. (Go here to donate.)
The Dec. 16 ceremony in New Bern National Cemetery will start at noon. More details about the event will be added to this article as they become known.