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PW cadets sponsor wreaths for veterans

Courtesy Photo/ Jason R. Bailey, PWCSCAP
Prince William Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol Cadet Commander Maj. Elena C. Shriner places a wreath on the grave of a fallen veteran during the 2013 Wreaths Across America ceremony at Arlington.
Prince William Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol cadets and senior members are helping lead the way by selling wreath sponsorships to honor fallen veterans through fundraising.

Wreath sponsorships are available through Dec. 6 in partnership with Wreaths Across America.

Dates and times for fundraising activities are still being coordinated and will be announced.

The Prince William Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol will also participate in the annual Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremony at the Civil Air Patrol Memorial, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Women in Military Service Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 13, starting at 12 p.m.

On that day, members of the squadron will also provide communications, safety, crowd and traffic control support for the event.

Members of the community can support the Prince William Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol's participation and partnership with the Wreaths Across America program by purchasing a wreath online at PrinceWilliamCAP.org/wreaths.

Residents can sponsor one wreath for $15 with other options that run from $75 for a family sponsorship to $1,500 for corporate sponsorships of 100 wreaths.

In 2013, more than 30 squadron members supported the wreath-laying event at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Prince William Composite Squadron was the largest single contingent of Civil Air Patrol volunteers, almost 20 percent of the total Civil Air Patrol volunteer force, and more than 50 percent of the personnel from the Virginia Wing.

Ages ranged from youth (cadets) 12 years old to Vietnam War veterans.

The squadron has more than 150 members consisting of almost 80 cadets, youth ages 12-20.

The Civil Air Patrol supports the Wreaths Across America mission to remember, honor and teach about the service of our nation’s veterans. The program began in 2006 as an offshoot of the Arlington National Cemetery wreath project, which was started in 1992 with the annual placement of wreaths donated by Worcester Wreath Co.

Donations help the Prince William Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol purchase emergency services equipment, uniforms, and aerospace education materials to support the Prince William Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol volunteer emergency services efforts focusing on search and rescue disaster relief response, and homeland defense, aerospace education, and cadet programs focusing on youth leadership development.

The Civil Air Patrol's 73rd anniversary on Dec. 1 also coincides with the December Wreaths Across America wreath-laying program.

For more information, see: http://PrinceWilliamCAP.org.
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