Historical society, Vets to D.C. host Wreaths Across America

SIDNEY — The Shelby County Historical Society has partnered with the Shelby County Vets to DC to participate in the Wreaths Across America program on Dec. 18, 2021. Wreaths Across America is an national event which started out decorating the graves at Arlington National Cemetery to remember and honor the men and women who have served their country. More than 1,600 communities across the United States will decorate graves at noon on Dec. 18, 2021.

Last year 600 veterans graves in Shelby County where dressed for the holiday season through the Wreaths Across America program and generous donors. This year our goal is again 600. If you would like to participate in this program and purchase a wreath to honor a Shelby County Veteran you can place your order at the Ross Historical Center, 201 N. Main Ave., Sidney. The wreaths are $15 a piece or 3 for $30. The wreaths will be placed on graves in sections 1, 2, 4, and 8 of Graceland Cemetery this year. If you would like to purchase a wreath to put on a grave outside of this section of Graceland or in another cemetery you have the option of picking up a wreath on Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Maintenance building at Graceland Cemetery. If you would like to make a financial donation the money will be used to purchase extra wreaths for the grave of veterans who no longer have family members that can decorate for them. Every dollar donated will go towards the purchase of wreaths. Deadline to purchase the wreaths is Nov. 19, 2021.

The committee is hoping the community will again give their support to honor the men and women of Shelby County who have served and defended the rights and freedoms that we continue to enjoy to this day.