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Veteran Grave Counting – Wreaths Across America – Memorial Day

 
by: Lynnette McMahon
Posted: June 14, 2021

 

 

WESTMINSTER...Members of the Clara Barton Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), gathered over the Memorial Day weekend to count veterans’ graves at Westminster Memorial Park & Mortuary cemetery in preparation for Wreaths Across America.

The members of the Clara Barton Chapter, NSDAR, were honored to be at Westminster Memorial Park & Mortuary cemetery on Memorial Day, May 31, 2021, to honor our nation’s veterans. As continuing participants in Wreaths Across America (WAA), our chapter took on a new and challenging endeavor to be location coordinators for the cemetery. With this new endeavor came a volunteer project: to count veterans’ graves in preparation for Wreaths Across America Day in December of this year.

There were 30-chapter members, family members and friends who heeded the call to volunteer. Liza Skeeter, the chapter’s Wreaths Across America Committee chair, began organizing this project in April. And on counting day, she placed the volunteers in 12 separate teams to count sections of the 150 acres of cemetery property. Collectively we volunteered approximately 100 hours in 3 days to accomplish in counting 5,990 veterans’ graves.


 
Memorial Day was a perfect time to honor the fallen. Before we began, a Memorial Day prayer was read by Vice Regent, Ashley Anderson, and we took a moment of silence to remember all those who gave their lives for our freedoms. We also noted the grave of Kenneth Lee Worley (1948-1968). Kenneth was from New Mexico and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was only 20 when he was killed and he received, posthumously, both the Purple Heart and the Medal of Honor.

“It was a beautiful, memorable day to conduct this volunteer service as we witnessed so many loved ones who came to place the American Flag on graves of their loved ones in order to pay their respect. Some of us took time to speak to these families who were happy to share their stories of their veteran. Our volunteer service was a labor of love, but more importantly it was out of respect for our veterans,” said Regent Jenice Anderson.

The Clara Barton Chapter, NSDAR, is located in Huntington Beach, CA, and this year they will be location coordinators for Wreaths Across America at Westminster Memorial Park and Mortuary come December 18th at 9:30 am. On that day the chapter will conduct a Wreaths Across America ceremony, including the laying of wreaths. If you would like to sponsor a wreath for this event, please visit: http://wreathsacrossamerica.org/ca0374p. Or if you would like to participate as a group sponsor, please email Liza Skeeter: cbchapterwaa@gmail.com.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a women’s service organization whose members can trace their lineage to an individual who contributed to securing American independence during the Revolutionary War. Today’s DAR is dynamic and diverse, with over 185,000 members in 3,000 chapters in the United States and abroad. DAR members annually provide millions of hours of volunteer service to their local communities across the country and world. DAR chapters participate in projects to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Over one million members have joined the organization since its founding in 1890.

If you are interested in learning more about DAR membership, visit https://huntingtonbeach.californiadar.org or https://www.facebook.com/huntingtonbeachDAR or contact Chapter Regent: cbchapterregent@gmail.com. Photos:NSDAR


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