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Members of the Brunswick County Composite Squadron participate in the Wreaths Across America ceremony.

CAP NC-170 C/TSgt Abby Clemmons places a wreath on a veteran's grave site.
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CAP NC-170 C/TSgt Abby Clemmons places a wreath on a veteran's grave site. Photo credit: Capt Kathy Nicholas, Aerospace Education Officer, MER-NC-170. (click image to view full size)
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The annual wreath laying ceremony was held at the Wilmington National Cemetery in Wilmington, NC

12/28/2014–– A total of twelve NC-170 cadets and senior members took part in the wreath laying activities at the Wilmington National Cemetery, which began at noon on Saturday, December 13.  Earlier in the morning these same unit members helped in unpacking the wreaths from their shipping containers and placed them on tables for distribution at the conclusion of the program.


A total of more than 1800 sponsored wreaths were placed on veterans' grave sites following the ceremony, which included special music, speakers, and the laying of individual wreaths for each branch of our armed forces, plus the Merchant Marines and POW/MIA.  Last year, more than 540,000 wreaths were placed on graves at over 900 participating locations across the U.S. during the National Remembrance/Wreath Laying Ceremonies in December.


The public attendance at this year's ceremony in Wilmington was the largest yet with an estimated crowd of over 300 people who seemed pleased that the weather was sunny and mild.


This marks the sixth year in which NC-170 squadron members have participated in obtaining Wreaths Across America sponsorships and assisted in the December activities in Wilmington.  NC-170 was chartered in August 2009 and began its involvement with WAA that year.