Saturday, December 12, 2020

‘Wreaths Across America’ planned at Greenwood Cemetery Saturday, Dec. 19

    With so many holidays events cancelled due to the pandemic, the Fowlerville Fourth of July Committee is proud to announce that they are sponsoring the 2nd Annual ‘Wreaths Across America’ on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Greenwood Cemetery in Fowlerville.

    The program will start at 12 noon, coinciding with the ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and similar events at over 2,500 other cemeteries across the nation.     Each ceremony is as varied as the men and women it honors with speakers, moving sentiments, pageantry and often music. One thing every ceremony has in common is the placing of wreaths on grave sites to honor those who have served, many offering the ultimate sacrifice while serving this nation. 

   The approximate hour long ceremony in Fowlerville will feature remarks from State Senator Lana Theis  and State Representative (elect) Bob Bezotte. The ceremony and additional commentary will be directed by Livingston County Register of Deeds Brandon Denby, as well as special guests David Mester, Michelle Soli, and Mary Helfmann.

   This year in addition to the service branch and first responder wreaths, there’ll be a Gold Star wreath to honor those families whose loved one gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. The laying of that wreath will be handled by Melissa (Hanks) Ketchel, sister of Lance Corporal Michael W. Hanks USMC who gave the ultimate sacrifice Nov. 17, 2004 while serving in Iraq durng uring the Global War on Terror.  He was a graduate of Fowlerville High School.    

   There is no charge for this event. Veterans, their family and friends and the general public are all welcome to attend. Requesting social distancing and adherence to health care guidelines be followed for the best and safest experience for all attending.

    Brandon Denby, chairman of the Fowlerville 4th of July committee, will be the Master of Ceremonies and may be reached at (517) 546-0270, or by email @ with questions or concerns. 

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