On Saturday, December 18th at 12 noon, the Al Johnson Legacy Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, under the command of 1st Lt. Glen Houting and Deputy Commander Donald Mol, will conduct a “Wreaths Across America” ceremony at Lakewood Cemetery on Lakewood Blvd. at 168th Ave.  The invocation will be given by Michelle Buurma, DAR State Chair of Service for Veterans.  Theresa Weiss will sing the national anthem, Buzz Hemwall will play taps and the keynote speaker will be Royetta Doe, Chair of Veteran’s Services, Daughters of the War of 1812.  “Wreaths Across America” was founded in 1992 when Maine wreath maker, Morrill Worcester, found himself with a surplus of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season.  Arrangements were made to place the wreaths on veteran’s graves in Arlington National Cemetery.  Now the tradition has grown to include over 2500 locations across all fifty states and overseas with over two million volunteers and more than 1.6 million wreaths.  One-hundred and eighty veterans are buried in Lakewood cemetery and a wreath will be placed on each grave.  Please join us to “Remember the fallen, Honor those who serve, and Teach children the value of freedom”.  Students from Lakewood Elementary School will share essays about freedom during the ceremony.  Along with the Civil Air Patrol, the wreaths are co-sponsored by the Stephen Preston Chapter of Daughters of the War of 1812 and the Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.  Click here for volunteer and support information.