Wreath-laying volunteers needed

Published 10:07 pm Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Volunteers are welcome this week to help prepare about 8,900 evergreen wreaths for placement at the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery this week.

The Horton Wreath Society will begin unloading wreaths at the Suffolk Army National Guard Armory, 2761 Godwin Blvd., at noon Wednesday. Volunteers are asked to help unload and fluff the wreaths. Reloading will begin at noon Thursday.

The formal ceremony at the cemetery, 5310 Milners Road, will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. Military families will place wreaths for their loved ones at 9:30 a.m. General wreath-laying will begin at 10:15 a.m. and is expected to take about two hours.

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A formal ceremony will follow the laying of the wreaths with guest speaker Rear Adm. Charles W. Rock, commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. The master of ceremonies will be Brheanna Berry of WTKR. Other participants will include Mayor Linda T. Johnson; Carlos Hopkins, Virginia secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs; American Legion Post 88 Chaplain Carter Tyler; Virginia Wing Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Dean Gould; Virginia Department of Veterans Services Director of Cemeteries Dan Kemano; and Dr. David Lotz and Commodore Chorus providing music.

The public is welcome to participate in the Saturday event, but parking will not be available at the cemetery. Participants should either have someone drop them off at the cemetery or take the free shuttle service from King’s Fork High School. Those taking the shuttle should arrive by 7 a.m.