BATH | Each year, wreaths are placed at the graves of the fallen at Bath National Cemetery -- a small reminder that their sacrifices are not forgotten.
On Saturday, Wreaths Across America will return to Bath, placing wreaths after a short ceremony at noon.
Organizers said their sponsorship goal of 2,500 wreaths was exceeded, and more than 2,700 will be placed Saturday.
Wreaths Across America involves coordinated wreath-laying ceremonies in 1,200 locations in all 50 states, including Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
The mission of the event is “to remember, honor and teach about area servicemen and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice -- their lives -- to keep our country free and safe.”
The event’s story begins with Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, who began the tradition at Arlington with the help of Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe.
The efforts caught national attention in 2005 and have since expanded nationwide.
The public is invited to attend the event and is asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m. Parking will be at the back of the Bath VA museum building.
Anyone interested in participating in the wreath-laying ceremony can sign up at www.WreathsAcrossAmerica-BathNY.org, or contact Linda Conway at email@example.com or 962-0765.
Buses will be provided to shuttle visitors and participants to the cemetery.
The VA Employees Association will provide refreshments in Building 30 following the event.