Public won’t be admitted for Wreaths Across America Beaufort

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From staff reports

Wreaths Across America Beaufort will be placing Remembrance Wreaths at Beaufort National Ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19. But because of National Cemetery Association and Centers for Disease Control guidelines and restrictions, the public will not be able to be invited.

There will be no program and no ceremony this year, and volunteer groups are limited to 50 people in the cemetery at a time. All volunteer group spots have been filled.

Having passed the halfway goal in Remembrance Wreath sponsorships, current wreath sponsorship stands at more than 13,000 wreaths.

There are more than 21,000 veteran heroes buried in Beaufort National Cemetery, including 1000 children and two Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.

Trucks will arrive with the Remembrance Wreaths and the traditional motorcycle escort at 10:45 a.m. If the public would like to watch the escort and arrival of the tractor trailers, they are asked to stay outside the cemetery gates.

When the trucks enter the cemetery, boxes of wreaths will be unloaded and distributed to the volunteer groups at their locations around the cemetery.

Parking within the cemetery will be strictly limited. Members of the public not already approved as part of volunteer groups are asked to visit the cemetery to pay their respects in the days after the Remembrance Wreaths are placed.

Remembrance Wreath retirement will be Saturday, Jan. 23.