Each December, on the third Saturday, on National Wreaths Across America Day, volunteers at Arlington National Cemetery and at over 1200 cemeteries in all 50 states, lay wreaths on veterans graves with the mission to remember our fallen U.S. veterans, honor those who serve, and teach children the value of freedom.
This year Tyn Rhos Cemetery was chosen as one of those cemeteries by Rio Grande resident Patricia Filie, who wanted to involve her youth group from Simpson Chapel, located on Lake Drive in Rio Grande, Ohio. Patricia’s parents are buried at Tyn Rhos Cemetery, and when she found out there were 64 veterans also buried there, she knew this was a project her group needed to be involved in.
The group is currently seeking donations to sponsor the 64 wreaths at $15 each, and they have raised $400 of the needed $960. Deadline for donations is November 25th, after which the wreaths will be ordered and shipped in time for the Honoring Program, planned for Saturday. December 16th, at 12:00 noon at the Tyn Rhos Cemetery. Rev. Dan Lamphier, pastor at Simpson Chapel, will open the program, and all of the veteran’s names will be read. Refreshments will be served following the program.
There are several ways to sponsor a wreath(s) if you have a veteran buried in the cemetery or just want to honor one. You can donate online at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org and search Tyn Rhos Cemetery, mail your donation to Wreaths Across America, c/o Patricia Filie, PO Box 123, Rio Grande, Ohio 45674, or drop your check off at the Madog Center for Welsh Studies, on the corner of Lake Drive and Rt. 325 in Rio Grande. Checks can be made out to Wreaths Across America or Patricia Filie, who can be contacted at 740-645-9762 for more information or to volunteer.