Wreaths to honor veterans


First Wreaths Across America event held in Meigs County

By Sarah Hawley - shawley@aimmediamidwest.com



Lila Cooper, second from left, made and sold earrings this year, donating the $600 profit to Wreath Adventures to purchase wreaths for the 2021 event. Cooper is pictured with (from left) Lori Miller, Chuck Mugrage and Peach Mugrage.

Lila Cooper, second from left, made and sold earrings this year, donating the $600 profit to Wreath Adventures to purchase wreaths for the 2021 event. Cooper is pictured with (from left) Lori Miller, Chuck Mugrage and Peach Mugrage.


Sarah Hawley | Sentinel

American Legion Drew Webster Post 39 presented the colors during the ceremony.


Sarah Hawley | Sentinel

Volunteers placed approximately 300 wreaths on the graves of veterans at Meigs Memory Gardens.


Sarah Hawley | Sentinel

Groups volunteering for the event included local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.


Sarah Hawley | Sentinel

Wreaths were placed on the graves of veterans in four Meigs County Cemeteries.


Sarah Hawley | Sentinel

Local Boy Scouts were among the volunteers placing wreaths on Saturday.


Sarah Hawley | Sentinel

A total of 1,000 wreaths were placed in cemeteries in Meigs and Athens County on Saturday.


Sarah Hawley | Sentinel

MEIGS COUNTY — Local veterans organizations, youth organizations and community members came together last Saturday to take part in the first Wreaths Across America event held in Meigs County.

The four cemetery locations in Meigs County were part of the 2,557 participating locations nationwide which placed a total of 1.7 million wreaths on the headstones of veterans on Saturday, according to a news release from the Wreaths Across America organization.

The mission of Wreaths Across America is to Remember, Honor and Teach. A ceremony is held at Arlington National Cemetery, in addition to the thousands of local locations nationwide.

Locally, Wreaths Across America, under the local organization Wreath Adventures, took place at Meigs Memory Gardens, as well as Reedsville Cemetery, Eden Cemetery and Tuppers Plains Cemetery.

Organizer Craig Matheny told Ohio Valley Publishing, that the first program in Meigs County came after first bringing the program to Athens County in 2019. Previously, Matheny had organized nine trips to Washington D.C. with people from all around the region taking part.

Matheny explained that last year he called and decided to bring the program local, with Wreath Adventures representing Athens and Meigs Counties.

“Bringing it back here; God has a way of working in mysterious ways,” said Matheny, noting that doors were opened to allow the program to be brought locally, with funding to purchase the wreaths and volunteers to place them.

In 2019, the group placed 350 wreaths on graves of veterans in Athens County cemeteries, with a total of 1,000 wreaths placed in Athens and Meigs Counties on Saturday. The goal for 2021 is 2,000 wreaths.

Matheny said that he has been asked about adding cemeteries in Letart Falls and Rutland (Miles Cemetery) for 2021, which would add approximately 550 wreaths in Meigs County, as well as adding some in Athens County as well.

The wreaths cost $15 each and are funded through donations.

On Saturday, local teenager Lila Cooper made a $600 donation to the purchase of the 2021 wreaths. The funds donated by Cooper came from the making and selling of earrings. After making the donation, Cooper and her family took part in placing some of the wreaths at Meigs Memory Gardens.

Matheny explained that until Jan. 10, wreaths for next year can be ordered at a buy one get one free promotion, allowing for donations to go twice as far toward the project.

Donations can be made at Farmers Bank by making a deposit in the Wreath Adventures account or by mailing a donation to Wreath Adventures LLC, 504 Four Mile Creek Road Coolville, Ohio 45723. A Facebook fundraiser is also planned.

Organizations taking part in the event on Saturday included Tuppers Plains VFW, American Legion Drew Webster Post 39, American Legion Feeney Bennett Post 128 in Middleport, the Racine American Legion, local Boy Scouts and local Girl Scouts.

For more on Wreath Adventures find them on Facebook or contact Matheny at 740-667-3513.

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Lila Cooper, second from left, made and sold earrings this year, donating the $600 profit to Wreath Adventures to purchase wreaths for the 2021 event. Cooper is pictured with (from left) Lori Miller, Chuck Mugrage and Peach Mugrage.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2020/12/web1_12.22-Wreaths-1.jpgLila Cooper, second from left, made and sold earrings this year, donating the $600 profit to Wreath Adventures to purchase wreaths for the 2021 event. Cooper is pictured with (from left) Lori Miller, Chuck Mugrage and Peach Mugrage. Sarah Hawley | Sentinel

American Legion Drew Webster Post 39 presented the colors during the ceremony.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2020/12/web1_12.22-Wreaths-2.jpgAmerican Legion Drew Webster Post 39 presented the colors during the ceremony. Sarah Hawley | Sentinel

Volunteers placed approximately 300 wreaths on the graves of veterans at Meigs Memory Gardens.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2020/12/web1_12.22-Wreaths-3.jpgVolunteers placed approximately 300 wreaths on the graves of veterans at Meigs Memory Gardens. Sarah Hawley | Sentinel

Groups volunteering for the event included local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2020/12/web1_12.22-Wreaths-4.jpgGroups volunteering for the event included local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Sarah Hawley | Sentinel

Wreaths were placed on the graves of veterans in four Meigs County Cemeteries.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2020/12/web1_12.22-Wreaths-5.jpgWreaths were placed on the graves of veterans in four Meigs County Cemeteries. Sarah Hawley | Sentinel

Local Boy Scouts were among the volunteers placing wreaths on Saturday.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2020/12/web1_12.22-Wreaths-6.jpgLocal Boy Scouts were among the volunteers placing wreaths on Saturday. Sarah Hawley | Sentinel

A total of 1,000 wreaths were placed in cemeteries in Meigs and Athens County on Saturday.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2020/12/web1_12.22-Wreaths-7.jpgA total of 1,000 wreaths were placed in cemeteries in Meigs and Athens County on Saturday. Sarah Hawley | Sentinel
First Wreaths Across America event held in Meigs County

By Sarah Hawley

shawley@aimmediamidwest.com