Freeholder, Sheriff Place Wreath at Veterans Plaza
Freeholder Patricia Walsh, next to wreath, and Sheriff Frank Provenzano, at left, are joined by local veterans, county Veterans Office staff and Sheriff’s Office representatives as a wreath from Wreaths Across America is placed at Veterans Memorial Plaza in Somerville.
SOMERVILLE – Somerset County Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh and Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano were joined by local veterans in placing a wreath at Veterans Memorial Plaza on Grove Street on Dec. 13. Watch the video.
Members of Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 27, and representatives from the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office also attended, along with county Veterans Services Director Peter Niemiec and his staff.
The wreath had been presented to the county Office of Veterans Services as part of the Wreaths Across America ceremony held the previous day in Montgomery Township.
The Wreaths Across America convoy, whose mission is “To Remember, Honor and Teach,” is again bringing balsam wreaths from Maine to be laid on veterans’ gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. For the second year in a row, the convoy stopped in Somerset County, NJ – last year at Manville High School and this year at Montgomery High School.
The Wreaths Across America convoy began its trip from Washington County, Maine, to Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 8. It is scheduled to arrive in Arlington on National Wreaths Across America Day on Dec. 15, where it will be met by thousands of volunteers who will place a wreath on the headstones at the cemetery.