All are welcome to join Concord’s, Kingston’s and Hampstead’s Wreaths Across America ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 15, the same day wreaths will be laid in Arlington National Cemetery.
In Concord, the Pierce Brigade, the organization dedicated to preserving the home and legacy of 14th President Franklin Pierce, has adopted Old North Cemetery on North State Street as part of Wreaths Across America. Wreaths will be laid on 147 graves.
Representatives from each of the military service branches will be present to place a wreath at the entrance to the cemetery at 10 a.m., rain or shine.
Old North Cemetery is the final resting place of those who served in such conflicts as the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War and the Spanish-American War. It is where Pierce, a brigadier general in the Mexican-American War, is buried.
After the wreath-laying, the Pierce Brigade invites the general public to the Pierce Manse at 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane for refreshments.
In Kingston, the Kingston Veterans Club, a registered sponsor for Wreaths Across America, will begin by laying wreaths at noon in front of the KVC building, 36 Church St., in honor of the club founders.
Then, in honor of the veterans buried in town, wreaths will be placed at the entrance of the Greenwood Cemetery, the Plains Cemetery, the Millstream Cemetery and the Pine Grove Cemetery.
Those who would like to donate and sponsor a Kingston wreath for $15 can go to http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/, click on “Find a Specific Location” and enter location code NHKVCB.
The town of Hampstead will be laying a wreath at the World War II monument in Veterans Memorial Park in front of the town offices, in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor, at noon; anyone desiring to lay a wreath at any of the monuments is welcome to join.