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Wreaths lining the graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

The Claremore American Legion Post 141 will host the first annual Wreaths Across America ceremony at Woodlawn Cemetery this December.

Wreaths Across America is a national nonprofit that honors veterans every year on Dec. 15 by laying hundreds of thousands of wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery as well as 1,400 other cemeteries in the nation.

There is Veterans Day in fall and Memorial Day in spring, but the American Legion brought Wreaths Across America to Claremore in order to honor the daily sacrifices of service members year round.

“Right around Christmas time every year we have a ceremony to honor the veterans at the cemetery that have passed away. We place a wreath on those graves,” said American Legion representative Ray Watts. “It honors our veterans at Christmas time especially so that they’re not forgotten.”

The wreaths are made in Maine and shipped to Wreaths Across America events all, well, across America.

State Senator Marty Quinn, State Representative Mark Lepak and Claremore Mayor Bill Flanagan are scheduled to speak in honor of veterans at the event.

“We want to invite everyone out to this ceremony,” Watts said. “Come take part in a solemn ceremony to honor our veterans who are buried out there.

The ceremony to place wreaths will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Claremore on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. Upon entering the cemetery, follow the avenue of flags to the ceremony location.

Nov. 27 is the last day to sponsor a wreath. Wreaths are $15 each and are delivered to the American Legion to be laid on the day of the ceremony.

You can sponsor online at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. The Group ID to purchase Wreaths for the Claremore Event is OK0044P.