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Ben Missmer and Brady Furman wait at Ziegels Union Church entrance to present guests with program booklets Dec. 18 at the National Wreaths Across America celebration. They are representing Cub Pack 61, Wolf Den under the leadership of Shawn Furman.PRESS PHOTOS BY LINDA DEIBERT Ben Missmer and Brady Furman wait at Ziegels Union Church entrance to present guests with program booklets Dec. 18 at the National Wreaths Across America celebration. They are representing Cub Pack 61, Wolf Den under the leadership of Shawn Furman.PRESS PHOTOS BY LINDA DEIBERT
Retired Army National Guard Commander Sgt. Maj. Donald Peters, and Army Reserve Lt. Col. Donald Davis stand at attention during the salute to the flag. Retired Army National Guard Commander Sgt. Maj. Donald Peters, and Army Reserve Lt. Col. Donald Davis stand at attention during the salute to the flag.
Jacob Nissley, Ben Missmer and Brady Furman from Cub Pack 61, Wolf Den stand in the middle of a memorial decorated with wreaths they placed around it. Jacob Nissley, Ben Missmer and Brady Furman from Cub Pack 61, Wolf Den stand in the middle of a memorial decorated with wreaths they placed around it.
Some of the grave sites at Ziegel’s Union Church cemetery bearing a wreath at the National Wreaths Across America celebration. Some of the grave sites at Ziegel’s Union Church cemetery bearing a wreath at the National Wreaths Across America celebration.
This tombstone is for a soldier who fought in the Revolutionary War. The monument is decorated with a wreath and American flag. This tombstone is for a soldier who fought in the Revolutionary War. The monument is decorated with a wreath and American flag.

Ziegels Church honors America’s veterans

Thursday, December 29, 2016 by LINDA DEIBERT Special to The Press in Local News

Ziegels Union Church participated Dec. 18 in the National Wreaths Across America.

The event, originally scheduled nationally for Dec. 17, was postponed due to the weather.

More than 60 wreaths were laid on the graves of veterans in the church cemetery by Cub Scout Pack 61, Boy Scouts 261, veterans and members of the church.

The ceremony began with a Boy Scout Honor Guard of Todd Williams, Gavin Williams, and Harold and Ben Heintzelman posting the Colors.

Then Army National Guard Commander Sgt. Maj. Donald Peters invited Cub Scouts Brady Furman, Jacob Missmer and Brady Furman as well as, Marty Loch and Roger Snyder to place wreaths honoring the National Guard, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Army, Merchant Marines and POW/MIA at the base of the military memorial.

Peters then addressed the audience saying, “Freedom is not free, the United States’ freedom is formed on the basis of freedom, justice and equality.”

He thanked the veterans who attended saying, “Thank you, we are honored to know you.”

Wreaths Across America began as a result of Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company, Harrington, Maine, who at age 12 visited Arlington National Cemetery.

He was awed by what he saw and many years later, when his company, Worcester Wreaths, had 5,000 extra wreaths one year, he sent them to Arlington for placement on the graves of veterans.

This event was continued until 2005 when a photo of the cemetery decorated with wreaths went viral.

As a result, in 2007, Wreaths Across America was formed.

The organization’s mission is Remember, Honor and Teach.