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OSD Northern Florida Helps Place over 800 Wreaths for Veterans in Gainesville for Annual ‘Wreaths Across America’ Event

GAINESVILLE, Florida December 17, 2017 /For immediate release/ — OSD Northern Florida participated in the national event, Wreaths Across America, on December 16th at the Forest Meadows Cemetery in Gainesville laying over 800 wreaths.

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the mission is to Remember, Honor and Teach by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.

 

OSD Northern Florida Team Leader, Tatum Rhodes said, “Across the country, thousands volunteered and laid wreaths on veterans grave. It was a privilege to take part in Wreaths Across America’s mission: to remember the fallen, to honor those who serve, and to teach our children the value of freedom.”

 

She continued, “There were around 150 volunteers present and about 1000 wreaths to lay. We decided to help lay several wreaths. Afterwards, we went out to lunch and both veteran volunteers talked about their service and their experiences. I think this entire experience gave me a better understanding of the veteran community, and made me feel a bit closer to those I volunteer with.”

 

OSD was joined by numerous other national and local community organizations including the American Legion, Boy Scouts of America and Walmart.

 

To learn more about how OSD’s programs and services are making an impact on the lives of members in our military community, visit https://operationsupplydrop.org/news/. To learn how you can make an impact through our programs and service, visit https://operationsupplydrop.org/get-involved/.

 

About OSD (Operation Supply Drop)

OSD is a global, chapter based, Veteran Service Organization (EIN 27-3842517) providing relevant, relatable and sustainable impact to the military community through social, professional and service-oriented programs. Since 2010, OSD has impacted over 600,000 members of the military community through these award-winning programs. Read more at: https://operationsupplydrop.org/news

 

About Wreaths Across America (WAA)

WAA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed in 2007 as an extension of The Arlington Wreath Project, with over 1,100 participating locations in all 50 states, and 24 national veteran cemeteries on foreign soil.

 

What began in 1992 with a trailer load of wreaths, decorated by volunteers and laid at the graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery (See: The Arlington Story – How the Arlington Wreath Project was born) has now become a national organization with over 1,100 participating locations – all focused on the mission to Remember , Honor, and Teach.

 

SOURCE OSD & WAA

 

For further information: media@operationsupplydrop.org