"Wreaths Across Bridger Valley”

After placing the wreaths, the veterans got a salute, a hand over the heart and a thank you for their service. PIONEER PHOTO/Virginia Giorgis

FORT BRIDGER — A big group of volunteers – Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, veterans and others – turned out last Saturday morning at the American Legion Hall to spread “Wreaths Across Bridger Valley.”

The mission statement of this new program is to “Remember, Honor and Teach by the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and well over 1,400 additional locations across the United States.”

The Fort Bridger American Legion Auxiliary Unit 36 took on the project and placed wreaths on the veterans’ graves at the Valley’s eight local cemeteries. The project was completed on Saturday as it was the National Wreath Across America Day. According to Donna Bindl, chair, there were many wreaths placed across the Valley with over 300 just in the Fort Bridger Cemetery. They group had looked forward to a big response and initial information was there would be between 400-500 wreaths placed on the Valley cemeteries.

Prior to going to the cemeteries, the group met at the Legion Hall and received instructions


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