BOSTON – Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, announced his third annual “Wreaths Across the Worcester & Norfolk District.” The events are based on the national “Wreaths Across America” program bringing local veterans, their families, veterans agents and supporting organizations together to decorate veterans memorials across Southern Worcester County in honor of fallen servicemen and women.
For the past two years, Sen. Moore has joined with local veterans and veterans agents in laying wreaths at memorials in each of the 14 towns he represents. Sen. Moore will again present wreaths at select locations in each community. Presentations last approximately 20 minutes.
“‘That these dead shall not have died in vain.’ Of all the words in Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address, these words resonate most with me,” Sen. Moore stated when announcing his third annual program of placing wreaths on veterans memorials in the senatorial district. “I believe that in a democracy – a free society – the men and women who risk their lives to defend that freedom and lose those lives never do so in vain,” adding, “No American who sheds blood to preserve that which his ancestors fought to establish can ever be said to have made that sacrifice without meaning. No one who dies in the service of country dies in vain.”
Wreath laying ceremonies will take place in:
- Webster on December 13th at 2:00 pm at the Court of Honor next to the Civil War Memorial on Main Street;
- Dudley on December 13th at approximately 2:30 pm, following the Webster wreath laying, at the Municipal Complex Court of Honor on West Main Street; and
- Southbridge on December 19th at 10:00 am at the Southbridge Honor Roll Monument on Main Street.
In describing the his motivation for hosting the Wreaths Across the Worcester & Norfolk District events, Sen. Moore explained that the commercialism of the holidays often obscures the true spirit of giving represented by the sacrifice of veterans.
“Too often we seem to forget long after the war has ceased that what qualifies a life well-lived and honorably lost is not merely victory on the battlefield but the nobility of the struggle itself – the courage to take up arms in pursuit of something large for the freedom and security of others,” he said, continuing, “The precious blood our veterans shed for that cause deserves our honor, respect, and remembrance.”
Moore encourages any local veterans, along with family, friends, and loved ones of deceased servicemen and women, to attend any of the wreath laying ceremonies. The public is also welcome to attend all presentations. More information may be obtained through Sen. Moore’s State House office, or local veterans agents.
“During this season of giving, we should remember our veterans who gave us the greatest gift of all: freedom. The ‘Wreaths Across America’ program is an excellent opportunity for each of us to honor our deceased veterans,” said Moore. “Through placing wreaths on the graves of veterans, we honor not only our heroic men and women who honorably served their country, but their families who shared in the sacrifice.”