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Auburn Squadron to host wreath laying ceremony

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The Auburn Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, will host the annual wreath laying ceremony known as Wreaths Across America, on Saturday December 14th at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery.  The event, which begins promptly at 12:00pm Eastern time, will include a ceremony honoring all Veterans and their families, with Key Note Speaker Major General Perry Smith, Adjutant General, Alabama, a ceremonial wreath laying for each of the Armed Services and POW/MIA, and conclude with the placing of wreaths on the headstones of our heroes laid to rest at Ft. Mitchell.

The public is encouraged to come out and participate in the event.  Wreaths Across America is held at every national cemetery across the United States on the same date and time each year, and has the mission to "Remember the fallen, Honor those who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and Teach our children about the cost of freedom." 

To get involved, please consider sponsoring a live wreath to honor a service member laid to rest at Fort Mitchell.  This is not a fundraiser for the Auburn squadron, nor anyone participating at our location, as we use this as an opportunity to raise awareness of our military and their families during the holiday season.  To sponsor a wreath, simply go to the Wreaths Across America website (www.wreathsacrossamerica.org), click "Act Now" then select "Donate Locally." From this page, select "ALCAP113 Auburn Composite Squadron, Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery" under the Alabama section, and it will bring you to our specific site where you can click the red button to sponsor a wreath.  Wreaths are $15 each, are handmade in the USA, and shipped directly to Ft. Mitchell for the ceremony.   If you have a loved one laid to rest there and would like a wreath placed on their headstone, please contact us (www.auburncap.org/about-us) after you sponsor a wreath so we can ensure your request is honored.  It is our honor to serve you.

CAP, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, 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 by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. For more information, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com, www.auburncap.org or www.facebook.com/auburncivilairpatrol.

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