Masons to honor fallen veteransPublished 3:05pm Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Fallen service members will be honored Saturday with a wreath-laying ceremony.
Members of the Masonic Lodges throughout Butler County will place a wreath at monument honoring Butler County’s Desert Storm veterans as part of Wreaths Across America.
In years past, the group has placed wreaths at the World War I monument and the Vietnam monument.
Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization started to continue and expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery started by Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization helps coordinate wreath laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states.
Three years ago, Butler County’s Masons decided to join in honoring those who had made the ultimate sacrifice.
“We picked up on the idea as a way to honor fallen service members,” said event organizer Bob George. “We felt like it was something good to do — something that needed to be done.”
Larry Stinson, who has participated in each of the past two wreath-laying ceremonies, said the ceremony is an opportunity to remember service members who laid down their lives for others.
“It’s a chance to honor our service men and women that didn’t come home,” he said.
The ceremony will take place outside the Butler County Courthouse at 9 a.m. The public is invited to attend.