Harford squadron participates in wreath-laying salute to veterans
December 15, 2018 — HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. — Members of Civil Air Patrol, Maryland Wing’s Harford Composite Squadron partnered with Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization with the mission to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach the next generation the value of freedom, and placed 346 wreaths on the headstones of our fallen heroes at the Angel Hill Cemetery.
Squadron members met with American Legion members at the Angel Hill Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. to stage the wreaths in preparation for the ceremony. It was cold and rainy, but the Civil Air Patrol cadets assisted with accomplishing the mission before relocating to the Joseph L. Davis American Legion Post #47 located in Havre de Grace, Md. All participants departed the American Legion to Angel Hill Cemetery, where the ceremony began at 2:00 p.m. Cadets formed a color guard team and presented the colors for the ceremony in the rain without skipping a beat. Their performance was outstanding, and they were commanded by Maj. Gen. Randy S. Taylor of the United States Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. After the ceremony, the cadets were assisted with carefully placing 346 wreaths on the headstones of our fallen heroes.
“Civil Air Patrol is a patriotic organization with a rich, 77-year history of serving the needs of our communities nationwide,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Mark Smith. “There is no finer need within our communities than that of the Wreaths Across America project – remembering and honoring our fallen veterans — at a time of year reserved for giving thanks. CAP is honored and proud to be associated with Wreaths Across America.”
Civil Air Patrol is one of the largest groups fundraising for Wreaths Across America and its members also lead or participate, often with color and honor guards, in many of the ceremonies at war memorials and cemeteries held nationwide and abroad. Officers and cadets from about 250 CAP squadrons, including the Harford Composite Squadron, organized National Wreaths Across America Day observances at national cemeteries and war memorials in their region, state and communities.
By placing wreaths on the graves of our fallen military during the holiday season, Wreaths Across America and Civil Air Patrol seek to remember, honor and teach others about the courage and sacrifices of veterans who have served in the U. S. Armed Forces. Wreaths Across America culminates this year Saturday, Dec. 15, with an estimated 90,000+ volunteers placing 244,700 wreaths on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery and many of Arlington’s memorials, including the Tomb of the Unknowns. Simultaneous ceremonies were held throughout the day at over 1,400 veterans’ cemeteries and war memorial sites in all 50 states, as well as over 20 foreign locations. Visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org for more information about Wreaths Across America and participating locations
Harford Composite Squadron is a composite of both senior and youth programs. The squadron meets Monday nights, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at APG – STEM Center Building located at 4508 Darlington Street at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md. Have a passion for aviation, dream of flight, are considering a career in the military? Want to serve your community and enhance your leadership skills? Join us. Youths, ages 12 to 18, parents and adults interested in the cadet and/or senior program are always welcome to visit our meetings and talk with our staff. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CAP.MER.MD008/
Nearly 1,500 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with four finds. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,245 hours in all mission categories. Volunteers contributed services estimated at $4.6 million. For more information, contact the Maryland Wing at mdwg.cap.gov or follow the wing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarylandWingCivilAirPatrol.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 82 lives annually. CAP’s 61,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.
Photo (left to right):
Members of the Harford Composite Squadron gather for a group photo at the completion of the laying of the wreaths at Angel Hill Cemetery, Havre de Grace, Md. (Photo credit: 2nd Lt. Michelle Travers, CAP)
Cadet Airman Erin Travers lay a wreath at the headstone of USAF Veterans. (Photo credit: 2nd Lt. Michelle Travers, CAP)
2nd Lt. Michelle Travers, CAP
Public Affairs Officer
Harford Composite Squadron