The Oro Fino Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring a Wreaths Across America ceremony 10 a.m. Dec. 9 in the Montana State Capitol Rotunda. Everyone is welcome to attend the free event.
The Oro Fino Chapter is also sponsoring a discount on wreaths to be laid at the State Veterans Cemetery in a ceremony Dec. 14.
Wreaths Across America was founded in 2007 to expand an annual program to lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery, according to a statement provided by Oro Fino Chapter representative Jane Hamman of Clancy.
The Dec. 9 program, which Hamman will emcee, is to “remember our heroes, honor their service, and teach the value of freedom” and “will include posting a ceremonial wreath representing all branches of the United States military ... to remain in the Rotunda throughout the holiday season,” she wrote.
The program will feature Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Ireland, Director of the Joint Staff, Montana National Guard; Joshua Clement, American Legion Sixth District Parliamentarian and retired U.S. Army Major; and Fee Lamping and Capri Gray, Oro Fino Chapter chaplain and vocalist, respectively.
Wreaths Across America Day begins with an honor program at 10 a.m. Dec. 14 at the Fort William Henry Harrison Administration Building and will be followed by a ceremony at the State Veterans Cemetery where participants can place wreaths, Hamman wrote. Last year, more than 600 were placed, she wrote.
Hamman said anyone can purchase a wreath for $15 online.
“For every two purchased wreaths, three wreaths will be delivered to Fort Harrison,” she wrote, so long as wreaths are ordered by Monday, Dec. 2.
Anyone can attendees, and photo identification is required.