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Garden club honors veterans

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Betty Rettig, president of the Carillon Garden Club, places a wreath at the Blue Star Memorial near the Crown Point Bridge. The Blue Star Memorial is part of a program started by the National Garden Club in 1945, following WWII to honor veterans, past, present and future. The FGCNYS and District IV clubs, including the Carillon Garden Club have been maintaining this site since the 1980s.

— The Carillon Garden Club of Ticonderoga and Hague took part in the “Wreaths Across America” program earlier this month.

Garden clubs in the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State which is part of the National Garden Club also joined the nationwide movement to honor our nation’s veterans.

Sites across the United States honoring veterans, such as local cemeteries, the Arlington National Cemetery, parks and memorials were the scene of groups holding ceremonies Dec. 14 at noon. Veterans who have given the ultimate sacrifice, those who have served and those who continue to serve as well as their families were all honored. Wreaths with a red bow have been placed to honor all military branches, including the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.

The Blue Star Memorial at the Crown Point Bridge near the information booth was the site where the Carillon Garden Club placed a wreath and held a brief ceremony including a moment of silence at noon, observed at all WAA sites at the same time.

The WAA places wreaths on most gravesites at the Arlington National Cemetery each year. The purpose of this program is to remember, honor and teach about the service and sacrifice of our veterans, active military and their families.

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