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December 9, 2012

1,200 wreaths laid on veterans' graves

NORTHUMBERLAND — The Wreaths for Warriors program honored about 300 veterans buried in Riverview Cemetery on Sunday.

This is the seventh year the program has collected and laid wreaths at graves in cemeteries in Snyder, Union and northern Northumberland counties. This year, a total of 1,200 wreaths were laid on servicemen and women’s graves on Saturday and Sunday.

Since the first year of the project in 2006, all of the wreaths have been provided by Kohl’s Stony Hill Christmas tree farm near Washingtonville. “I think that it’s a worthwhile effort. It’s just a fraction of what we should be doing,” said business owner Stan Kohl. “I’m just thrilled to death that they picked us to help them out.”

Kohl sells the wreaths to the program at the dealer’s price and donates an extra 50 wreaths on top of what the group purchases.

“We have put out close to 7,000 wreaths over the seven years of this project,” said John Deppen, acting chairman of Wreaths for Warriors.

“We have volunteers that come from all over,” he said, including local firefighters, Boy Scout troops, members of Northumberland’s American Legion Post 44 and other veterans.

“To see the community out and supporting the effort is tremendous,” Deppen said. Some of the volunteers sorted through the wreaths at the Shikellamy State Park Marina at 2 p.m. Sunday.

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