A few years ago a tradition was started at Arlington National Cemetery to lay wreaths on the graves of our deceased comrades. That tradition has now spread nationwide. During the month of December thousands of wreaths are placed every year. On Saturday, December 14, Post 406 participated in this honored ceremony at Island Cemetery in Newport, RI. My sincere thanks to our members Anselm Richards, Bill Farrell, and Mark Turner for their help during this event.
Members of VFW Post 406, Newport, Rhode Island participated in the Wreaths Across America event at Island Cemetery in Newport. This event recognizes the services of veterans who have gone before us whether in service to our country or in old age. CAPT Mark Turner, USN Ret, CPT Anselm Richards, US Army and SFC William Farrell, US Army Ret represented Post 406 with Bill placing the ceremonial Army wreath. Approximately 100 people braved the threat of rain to accomplish this worthwhile cause including young children who are learning the meaning of sacrifice.