Monday, December 31, 2018

Wreaths Across America Held at Greenville Union Cemetery

Wreaths Across America was held for the first time at the Greenville Union Cemetery. Fort Greenville Chapter were the organizers of this honorable event. There were approximately 300 wreaths laid at Greenville Union Cemetery. (Also sponsored thru the chapter were two wreaths laid at Arlington Cemetery.)

Despite the rain, over 30 volunteers attended including Darke County Commissioner Matt Aultman and Greenville Union Cemetery Phillip Strait. The masters of ceremony for the event were Regent Debbie Nisonger and Chris Nehring. DAR Chaplain Karen Burkett led everyone in prayer. During the ceremony, a wreath was laid at the grave of American Revolutionary War soldier William Dugan by chapter members Caroline Petitjean and Brenda Arnett. Our own chapter member and Gold Star Mother Sandra King had the honors of laying the ceremonial wreath on behalf of POWs/MIAs. Guest speakers were Ben Thaeler, District Director, Office of Congressman Warren Davidson and WAA Honor Fleet participate Richard Grow. Also included in the ceremony were the Versailles Color Guard, buglar Starranne Wise-US Army retired, Greenville ROTC Color Guard and local Boy Scout Troops 134 & 343 who lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ceremonial wreath were laid by:
First Sergeant Philip C. Rehmert, Retired, United States Army (son of DAR member Marjorie Rehmert, deceased)
E-4 Corporal Charles E. Shields United States Marine Corps
Builder First Class Petty Officer Doyle Delk Jr., Retired United States Navy
Sergeant Elaine Harter United States Air Force
Captain Keith J. Denman, United States Navy, Retired, in honor of the United States Coast Guard
Gunners Mate Chief Petty Officer Stephen M. Eldred, United States Navy Retired, in honor of the United States Merchant Marines

Fort GreeneVille DAR would like to thank all the individual donors and sponsors. Sponsors included Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Dave Knapp Ford, Second National Bank, Dr. Stentzel, American Legion Post 140 Auxillary, Greenville Masonic Lodge 143, Greenville Memorial VFW Post 7262 and St. Paul United Church of Christ. Fort GreeneVille DAR would also like to thank Greg Peck Sound Systems, Treaty City Industries employees, Greenville Union Cemetery, Township Trustees, and volunteers.

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