Tuesday, December 11, 2018
The Rhode Island Funeral Directors Association and the Rhode Island House Veterans Affairs Committee hosted the annual “Wreaths Across America” ceremony Monday at Rhode Island State House.
The Wreaths Across America’s State House ceremonies kicked off a series of week-long events aimed at raising awareness and appreciating the sacrifices of veterans and their families. Ceremonies are held in most of the 50 states and Washington, DC with a special focus on family during the holidays.
Col. Anthony Hamel, retired commander of the 143rd Mission Support Group and former president of the Rhode Island Funeral Directors Association, spoke about the significance of the event, in the video ABOVE.
Tribute to Rhode Island Veterans.
Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, Brigadier General Arthur Floru, Rhode Island National Guard, Commander of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Fr. David Thurber, St. Therese Church of the Child Jesus and chaplain and captain of the 143rd Airlift Wing of the Rhode Island National Guard in Quonset, Brigadier General (retired) Richard Valente, Col. Anthony Hamel, retired commander of the group 143d Mission Support Officer, and past president of the Rhode Island Funeral Directors Association, representing Samuel Azzinaro, president, House Veterans Affairs and the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Lieutenant-Commander Kasim Yarn, director of the State Veterans Office Rhode Island, Sharon Serio-Valente, President, Gold Star Families and Members of the Gold Star Family, and Raymond Butterfield III, President of the Rhode Island Funeral Directors Association and Officers and Board and Members of the Rhode Island Funeral Directors Association, House Veteran Affairs Committee, Veterans Groups in the State of Rhode Island.
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Wreaths Across America is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit founded to continue and expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery started by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission to remember, honor, teach, is achieved in part each year by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies on the second Saturday in December in Arlington, as well as hundreds of veterans cemeteries and d ‘other locations in all 50 states and beyond. For more information, to donate or to register as a volunteer, please visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.