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Local Civil Air Patrol unit to place wreaths on veterans' graves

LAWRENCEVILLE — For members of Civil Air Patrol’s Gwinnett Composite Squadron, the holiday season means recognizing those who have lost their lives in military service by placing remembrance wreaths on their graves.

Through its partnership with Wreaths Across America, the Gwinnett Composite Squadron will be placing wreaths Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Marietta National Cemetery located at 500 Washington Ave. N.E. in Marietta. Dec. 14 is National Wreaths Across America Day, and the ceremony will begin at noon.

The Gwinnett Composite Squadron has participated in the initiative for the past five years. Toby Palmquist, a volunteer who handles public affairs for the squadron, said a sense of duty and honor keep the group participating, as well as teaching young people about sacrifices that have been made.

“Our squadron is the lead squadron at that cemetery and the program has become bigger and bigger every year,” Palmquist said.

Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states.