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Wreaths Across America to honor armed forces at IVH

Hosted by Patriot Guard Riders

December 10, 2013
By MIKE DONAHEY - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

A project begun in 2006 as an extension of the Arlington Wreath Project, which started 26 years ago and lays 5,000 wreaths in Arlington National Cemetery, is coming to the Iowa Veterans Home Dec. 14.

Wreaths Across America is now national in scope, said Mike Hines, IVH staff assistant and is performed at all 230 veteran cemeteries in the United States.

The ceremony will be performed inside at the Malloy Leisure Resource Center in Malloy Hall and is sponsored by the Patriot Guard Riders.

Article Photos

From this Dec. 16, 2012 photo, a volunteer takes a wreath from Michael Peak to place on a stand representing the United States Coast Guard in the Iowa Veterans Home Malloy Leisure Resource Center as part of the Wreaths Across America ceremony. The wreath is one of seven symbolizing veterans lost in the each branch of the United States military, POWs and those missing in action.

"IVH residents will lay a wreath for each branch of service," said Hines. "The POW/MIA wreath will be laid by Al Packer of Marshalltown, a former World War II POW."

The mission of Wreaths Across America is to "Remember, Honor and Teach." On December 13, 2008, Congress unanimously voted that Dec. 14 day would be "Wreaths Across America Day."

For more information contact the IVH, 641-752-1501.

Fact Box

WHAT: Wreaths Across America

WHEN: 11 a.m., Dec. 14

WHERE: Malloy Leisure Resource Center at the IVH, 1301 Summit Street, Marshalltown



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