PARKERSBURG - Members of the Civil Air Patrol's Parkersburg Composite Squadron are again participating in Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization recognizing veterans.
The program places wreaths on the graves of veterans during the holiday season.
The squadron will hold a ceremony at noon Wednesday at the Veterans Memorial at Parkersburg City Park.
"We are able to live as we do because of the sacrifices of these men and women," said Lt. Col. Wayne Merritt of Civil Air Patrols Maine Wing, who first involved CAP in Wreaths Across America. "We are able to speak freely and go as we please. We must never stop thanking our veterans. They must never be forgotten."
Wreaths Across America culminates this year on Dec. 14 with an estimated 10,000 volunteers placing wreaths on gravesites at Arlington Nation Cemetery and many of Arlington's memorials, including the Tomb of the Unknowns. Simultaneous ceremonies will be held throughout the day at 800-plus veterans' cemetery or war memorial sites in all 50 states, as well as 20 foreign locations.
Visit WWW.wreaths across America.org for more information about Wreaths Across America and participating locations.
The nonprofit Civil Air Patrol, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited with saving around 80 lives annually.