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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Wreaths Across America Seeks Donations To Honor Those Who Lost Their Lives In Service


Wreaths Across America Liaisons. Wreaths Across America is a project to remember Veterans who have gone before us by placing wreaths on their graves during the Christmas season. This is a civic outreach program of the Campbell County Democratic Party and the John R. Little VFW in Southgate.

For the sixth year, the Wreaths cross America (WWA) group is raising funds and working with groups to place wreaths on the Civil War Lot and the VA's Soldiers' Lot at the Evergreen Cemetery on Saturday morning, December 18th. 

Those two locations within Evergreen Cemetery hold the graves of over 450 Veterans, including Union soldiers of the Civil War as well as soldiers of the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

William Horsfall

Young William Horsfall is buried in the Civil War lot at Evergreen. He is the youngest Medal of Honor Recipient. He was awarded the Medal for heroism at the Battle of Corinth, Mississippi at age 15.  After the Civil War he returned to Newport where he lived until 1922.  

Among those Medal of Honor Winners is a Veteran who was the first police officer killed in the line of duty in Newport in 1884. Paul Whalen, one of the annual organizers, says, “To date, we have raised funds to place wreaths on about 113 graves out of 450 needed. Please help us to honor these veterans by making a donation to assist in this endeavor.”

Wreaths are $15 each and donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made out to "WAA" (Wreaths Across America) and mailed to PO Box 22; Ft Thomas,Kentucky 41075. 

Checks should have Location KYESLS and Group KY 0098 written on them. Volunteers from the John R. Little VFW, the Campbell County Democrats, Sons of the American Revolution, Cub Scout packs, and the Young Marines have assisted with wreath placement in the past. The public is encouraged to participate or to be present for the ceremony on Saturday, December 18th. 

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