Central coast community comes together to honor veterans with wreath-laying ceremony

Cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles crowded the roadways throughout the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery this past Saturday as the local community came together to lay wreaths at the columbaria for veterans.

Friends, loved ones, fellow veterans and future service members gathered for the cemetery’s annual Wreaths Across America event – a movement aiming to place a wreath on the grave of as many veterans as possible. More than 1,400 cemeteries across the country participated almost simultaneously Saturday morning and early afternoon.

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Following remarks by Steve Emerson, veteran Jack Stewart and a keynote from Congressman Jimmy Panetta, volunteers placed nearly 2,000 wreaths at the columbaria at the cemetery.

With more than 100,000 veterans and their families residing in Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Santa Clara counties, the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery not only serves as the perfect future resting place for many of these veterans, but it also stands as a local reminder for those who donned the uniform and sacrificed for our country.

Check out the full video below.

One comment

  1. A beautiful event and a moving ceremony, very respectful and well organized. Thank you for remembering those who dedicated their lives and families in service of our country. God Bless America and God Bless you all.


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