Guthrie JROTC honor Veterans through Wreaths Across America

Honor Guard members (L to R) Emma Pittman, Tyler Pittman, Charles Mack, Tanner Lawson, and Alycea Reese.

Every December, hundreds of thousands of people come together on the second or third Saturday for National Wreaths Across America Day. The National Wreaths Across America Day mission is to Teach, Honor, and Remember fallen veterans by laying remembrance wreaths at 3,400 locations across the United States, at sea and abroad.

Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit based in Maine that coordinates the distribution of the wreaths for this event. Founder Morrill Worcester and his wife, Executive Director Karen Worcester, have been actively honoring veterans in this way since 1992

On Saturday, December 17th, sixteen students from the ‘89er Battalion participated in the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Fairlawn Cemetery in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Members of JROTC Color Guard presented the Colors for the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance, while members of the Honor Guard presented ceremonial wreaths. Each wreath presented honored branches of the military, including the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and Space Force. Additionally, wreaths were presented for Veteran Suicide Awareness, Gold Star Families and POW/MIA servicemembers.  

The master of ceremony was Major General (retired) Doug Dollar, former commander of the 80th Division and founder of the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame, and the honored guest was Colonel (retired) Chuck DeBellevue, America’s top ace of the Vietnam War. These great Americans recognized the JROTC cadets with honorary induction into the Scabbard and Blade Honor Society at the conclusion of the event. Many other JROTC students and their families participated as volunteers and placed wreaths on veterans’ graves throughout the cemetery.


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