NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. - Sen. Richard Moore, D-Uxbridge, will lay a wreath to honor local veterans in his "Wreaths Across the Worcester & Norfolk District" program in conjunction with national "Wreaths Across America.''
The Northbridge wreath will be presented at the Vietnam Monument at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Square on Main Street. The public and area veterans are invited to attend.
Moore joined with veterans at a State House ceremony Monday for the kick-off of the nationwide wreath laying program designed to recognize deceased veterans.
The event brings together local veterans, their families and supporting organizations to decorate veterans' memorials across southern Worcester County in honor of fallen servicemen and women.
"During this season of giving, we should remember our veterans who gave us the greatest gift of all: freedom," Moore said.
"The 'Wreaths Across America' program is an excellent opportunity for each of us to honor our deceased veterans.Through placing wreaths on the graves of veterans, we honor not only our heroic men and women who honorably served their country, but their families who shared in the sacrifice," he said.
Last year, Moore laid wreaths at memorials in each of the 14 towns he represents. He will do the same this year.
In organizing "Wreaths Across the Worcester & Norfolk District," Moore teamed up with Mendon Cub Scout Pack 1 to personally purchase wreaths for each town.
"Wreaths Across America" is a national program that encourages individuals and organizations to sponsor wreath-laying ceremonies at the graves of veterans in the nation's cemeteries on the second Saturday of December. The mission of "Wreaths Across America" is to remember, honor and teach by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, as well as veterans' cemeteries and other veterans' graves in all 50 states.
The week is made possible by thousands of volunteers who organize local ceremonies at state houses and in local communities. The program is paid for by individuals and corporate sponsors, as well as veterans' organizations.
For more information about "Wreaths Across America," visit www.wreathssacrossamerica.org.