Message from one of our 87th ID Veterans - John McAuliffe:
We are the Central Mass. Chapt.-22 Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge.
We shall join our comrads at Arlington, VA on December 13-17, 2007
for the annual Commemorative Ceremony of the VBOB and lay wreaths
at the Unknown Soldiers Monument and then at our Monument at Arlington Cemetery.
Our Monument is a gift of the Belgium and Luxembourg Governments whom US soldiers liberated from the Nazis in WW-II.
My cousin, Mary McAuliffe of Nevada voliunteered to lay wreaths this year.
Our National President is Stan Wojtusik, who is on the Board of Directors of Wreaths of America.
We are privilaged to join in honoring all our Veterans at this time of year.
John E. McAuliffe, President, Cent. MA Chapter-22 VBOB
Update February 2008:
We hope to have photos of Mr. McAuliffe's participation soon.
Because of his sharing of this event - I contacted the national cemetery here in St. Louis;
Jefferson Barracks and found they were participating in this event.
The 3 photos in this gallery are from that day - Decemeber 15, 2007, and article that appeared in the paper.
News Article from the St. Louis Suburban Journals:
Wreath ceremony honors fallen at Jefferson Barracks
Friday, December 28, 2007
Seven wreaths commemorating the Wreaths Across America project were placed at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Dec. 15, 2007.
The ceremony was held in conjunction with a national minute of silence and the laying of wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery at noon, Dec. 15, 2007.
Wreaths Across America has honored America's military since it was started 15 years ago by a Harrington, Me, company. Debra Henderson, representing the Air Force branch, placed a wreath at the marker of an Air Force B-17 crew, which had crashed in 1943.
Henderson did it in return for the kindness of a gentleman in England, who helped research her own uncle's B-17 crash (Tech. Sgt. Wayne F. Laubert and crew) in 1944 over England.
The gentleman found the area of the crash site, took photos for her family and laid flowers there a few years ago.
One who asked Debra for a photo of this particular marker at Jefferson Barracks was the family of a 92 year-old woman who had lost her boyfriend, Capt. Richard W. Pugh, during World War II. The woman had not attended his funeral when his body was returned for reburial at Jefferson Barracks after the war.
She had not kept in touch with his family, had gone on in life, and later married, but still had a place in her heart that ached after all these years for him.
Major David Miller named each branch and who was being represented. The motorcycle "Patriot Guard Riders" represented the POW/MIA and taps was played by a military bugler.
For more information and photos of this national project that has been carried out for 15 years go to:
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