Wreaths Across America – Painesville, Ohio
On December 12th, 2015 the joint Color Guard from Northeast Ohio, Samuel Huntington, Western Reserve and Lafayette SAR Chapters participated in the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Evergreen cemetery in Painesville, Ohio.
The event was sponsored by the New Connecticut Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and included the American Legion Post 336 Color Guard, Anthony Carson Painesville City Manager, and many local Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troops and Packs.
Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Johnson, Professor of Military Science at John Carroll University, was the keynote speaker, and Compatriot Troy Bailey brought greetings and read the Proclamation from President General Lawrence. Ms. Heidi Skok sang the National Anthem and later God Bless America. Debby Kocis, Regent for the New Connecticut Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution was the Master of Ceremonies. Loralee Hill of the DAR delivered the Invocation and Benediction.
This was the first year this event was held at Evergreen cemetery where over 1,000 Veterans are interred, including 10 Patriots from the Revolution.
The following Compatriots participated, Troy Bailey, Tim Ward, Jim Gilbert, Jim Pildner, Steve Hinson, Kirk Bacon and Dan Matheke from Northeast Ohio, Robert Parvin and Robert Bradt from Samuel Huntington, Claude Custer and Galen Swab from Western Reserve and John Franklin from Lafayette Chapters.