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Group to Place Wreaths at JBER Gravestones

Published On: Dec 12 2013 06:56:42 AM AKST
Updated On: Dec 12 2013 06:57:19 AM AKST
Group to Place Wreaths at JBER Gravestones
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -

Volunteers with a national group will be at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to place holiday wreaths at the headstones of service members buried at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery.

Army officials say the event is set to begin at noon Saturday and is part of a yearly effort by the Wreaths Across America organization.

Officials say the group was founded in 2007 to continue and expand an annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery that began in 1992.

According to officials, more than 400,000 wreaths were placed last year on headstones at 815 locations around the country and national veterans' cemeteries in other countries.