“Wreaths Across America” ceremony at Mountain View Cemetery

by | Dec 18, 2019 6:00PM

h/t Capt. Karl Falken, CAP for the featured photo – Wreath laid on veterans graves in section of Mountain View Cemetery

Riverton, Wyoming – On December 14, 2019 seven members of the Fremont County Element of the Yellowstone Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol were part of a total of 41 volunteers supporting the 3rd annual Wreaths Across America event at the Mountain View Cemetery. 216 Sponsored wreaths were solemnly laid on the graves of veterans after a moving ceremony.

The invocation was given by Pastor Dale Adams of the Lighthouse Bible Church. A color guard presented the flags of the U.S. Armed Services and was composed of CAP cadets C/SrAmn Nicholas Stong and C/SrAmn Timothy Stong, supplemented by other volunteers, including Doug Thompson, a former CAP Cadet and Army/USAF ROTC cadet. The veterans and auxiliaries presenting the ceremonial wreaths were in order of precedence, David Varney, E4 Ret., for Army, Charlie Ginsburg, Cpl Ret., for USMC, Philip Mark, LCDR Ret., for Navy, Yvonne Mark, RM2 E5 Ret., Navy for Coast Guard and Joe Stong, SM CAP, for USAF. Location Leader, Capt. Karl Falken, read the ceremony script and letters of greeting from U.S. Senators John Barrasso and Mike Enzi, Congresswoman Liz Cheney and State Representative Tim Salazar. Capt. Falken also read a proclamation from Riverton Mayor Richard Gard. Following the ceremony, the volunteers placed the remaining wreaths on the graves of veterans throughout the cemetery. Some wreaths were also used for grave specific requests in other cemeteries.

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Volunteer Philip Mark observed, “This is the first time I have participated in Wreaths Across America. It was an awesome event. It’s great to honor those who lead the way and gave their all in service to our country. It’s a privilege to honor them.”

Sophia Porta, an exchange student from Rome, Italy, remarked, “It was very interesting for me to participate. It was certainly an emotional moment. I admire the how Americans respect their veterans and love their country.”

Pepper Ottman, who has participated previously, said, “Participation in Wreaths Across America is moving and an important part of my life experience. To think of those who served, are serving and will serve is a humbling and gratifying experience.”

Jordan Yager was recognized as the most outstanding volunteer for collecting 79 sponsorships. Jordan and his parents Jim and Julie Yager also placed most of the grave specific requests. Special thanks are due to Michele Rambo of the Shoshoni Recreation District #24 who received the shipment of wreaths and delivered it from Shoshoni to Riverton.

After the flags and stands were packed up, the hundreds of wreaths resting gently in the snow, some of the volunteers gathered at the Depot Restaurant in Riverton to warm up over hot cocoa.

The above information was shared by Fremont County CAP. 

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