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Local military fraternities participate in inaugural Wreaths Across America event

By ABBIGAIL LENNON


Staff Writer
The sun and warmer temperatures welcomed a large crowd gathered at Bellevue Memorial Gardens for a remembrance ceremony Saturday to honor the sacrifice of military men and women.

The Augusta chapters of the Kappa Epsilon Psi Military Sorority Inc. and Kappa Lambda Chi held the inaugural wreath-laying ceremony in coordination with Wreaths Across America, a national day to remember all who have served, by placing wreaths on the graves of veterans.

The event opened with a wreath-laying ceremony honoring veterans and service members in each branch of the military including Merchant Marines, prisoners of war and those named missing in action.

After the ceremony, more than 500 live wreaths purchased through fundraisers by local organizations were passed out to volunteers who donned each veteran's grave with a wreath.

It was a successful turnout, according to sorority president Marilyn Norris, who is a veteran herself and got a little teary-eyed when the prisoners of war were honored during the ceremony.

"That's why I was so emotional up there. Especially with the POWs. I have been working in casualty assistance for 15 years now, this is very near to my heart," Norris said. "I'm a veteran so some of these people out here are probably supporting their family members, because this is one of our gravesites."

Norris said the groups hope to make the wreath-laying ceremony an annual event in an effort to remember those who have served.

Wreaths are still available for purchase on the Bellevue Memorial Gardens website.