CONCORD — The Pierce Brigade, the membership organization dedicated to preserving the home and legacy of President Franklin Pierce, has adopted Old North Cemetery on North State Street as part of Wreaths Across America.

Wreaths will be laid on the graves of 200 veterans located in the historic cemetery.

On Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. the public is invited to join representatives from each of the military service branches as they place a commemorative wreath at the entrance to the cemetery, which will remain in place until spring. The Concord ceremony is being held, rain or shine, the same day that wreaths will be laid in Arlington National Cemetery.

A color guard will be in place for the ceremony, and The Pierce Brigade invites the public to the Pierce Manse at 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane for light refreshments following the wreath laying.

Old North Cemetery is the final resting place of those who served in conflicts including the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the American Civil War and the Spanish-American War.

Old North Cemetery is also where Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States and a brigadier general in the Mexican War, is buried.

Wreaths Across America was founded in 2007 as a way to expand the annual wreath laying ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery and to support groups across the country wishing to pay tribute to the veterans who have served our nation.

Pierce and his family owned The Pierce Manse from 1842-1848.

In 1971, The Pierce Manse was saved from demolition by The Pierce Brigade and it moved to its current location.

For more information, visit www.piercemanse.org.

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