U.S. Army veteran Stanley Harwick places a wreath honoring the Army. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photogrphy
PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDMembers Civil Air Patrol of Lehigh Valley Composite Squadron No. 805 present the Colors and salute during the national anthem. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photogrphy
Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Ernest Smith leaves the altar after placing a wreath honoring the U.S. Air Force. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photogrphy
Beverly and Eldon Longenbach place a wreath honoring the U.S. Merchant Marines. Beverly Longenbach’s son, Air Force veteran Shawn M. Reeves died in 2009. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photogrphy
Wendy Schlappich, district office manager for state Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, who is currently serving in Afghanistan, presents a wreath remembering U.S. Military Prisoners of War or Missing in Action. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photogrphy
Ellen Millard-Kern, chief of staff for state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, and state Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-132nd, gave proclamations honoring Wreaths Across America at Jordan UCC. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photogrphy
Ethan Solderich with Boy Scout Troop 1600, places a wreath at the foot of the Soldier Memorial at the Jordan UCC cemetery during the Wreaths Across America ceremony on Dec. 14. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photogrphy
On hand to present their community outreach programs were Cetronia Ambulance Corps Paramedic Miguel Rivera, EMT Bryan Artz and Director of Marketing and Public Relations Kim Blichar, South Whitehall Police Community Relations Officer Jason Grozier and Lt. Stephen Brown. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photogrphy
Jordan United Church of Christ honors fallen veterans with first ‘Wreaths Across America’ ceremony
Jordan United Church of Christ, South Whitehall, joined more than 1,600 other groups to honor this nation’s fallen heroes on Dec. 14 with a Wreaths Across America ceremony.
The solemn day began in 1992 when the Worcester Wreath Co., Harrington, Maine, found itself with surplus wreaths at the end of the holiday season.
Remembering a trip to Washington, D.C., as a 12-year-old, owner Morrill Worcester, with help from Maine’s Senator Olympia Snow, sent the wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery which were placed on the graves of veterans buried in a little visited part of the cemetery.
In 2005, a photo of that section of the cemetery went viral on the Internet, setting off an increasingly growing number of groups throughout the country looking to have their own wreath program.
In 2008, Congress voted unanimously to declare Dec. 13, 2008, as “Wreaths Across America Day.”
This was Jordan UCC’s first year to honor its 173 interred veterans, ranging from the Revolutionary War to the current wars in the Middle East.
The solemn ceremony filled the sanctuary of the large church with many veterans, family members of deceased veterans and dignitaries to “Remember, Honor and Teach” the mission of Wreaths Across America.