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November 26, 2018

Post Cemetery will join more than 1,400 participating locations across the U.S. on Saturday, Dec. 15 -

Fort Ontario Post Cemetery will be an Official Location for the 2018 National Wreaths Across America Day

OSWEGO, NY - The Post Cemetery at Fort Ontario will join in the effort to support the mission to "Remember, Honor and Teach" as an official location for Wreaths Across America on Saturday, Dec. 15. Under the coordination of AmeriCorps member Corey King, this will be the first year that Fort Ontario will participate in this national event.

"Every December, thousands of wreaths are escorted from Columbia Falls, Maine to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. for National Wreaths Across America Day by way of volunteer tractor trailer trucks," said King. "Along the way these trucks make dozens of stops which will now include Fort Ontario. The goal for this organization is to lay a remembrance wreath over every veteran's grave in the country and abroad."

The Post Cemetery is the resting place of 77 soldiers who served at Fort Ontario between 1756 and 1943, as well as women and children who lived at the fort.

"Our goal for Fort Ontario was to raise enough sponsorships to have 77 remembrance wreaths placed on the headstones of all the heroes laid to rest in the Post Cemetery. We have successfully reached that goal for this year, ensuring that the individuals who served to protect the freedoms of our country are never to be forgotten," said King.

Members of the community will help bring the wreaths from inside the fort to the cemetery and place them in front of the headstones in a patriotic commemoration on Dec. 15. King said additional details will be announced soon.

For more information, contact King at Fort Ontario, phone 315-343-4711, or follow the Fort Ontario Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FortOntario.

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization's mission - Remember, Honor, Teach - is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at thousands of veterans' cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.

For more information, to sponsor wreaths or to sign up to volunteer, please visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org. Follow Wreaths Across America on Facebook at https://Facebook.com/WAAHQ and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/WreathsAcross. To sponsor wreaths directly to Fort Ontario for next year, follow the link on the Fort Ontario Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FortOntario or the fundraising page through Wreaths Across America https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/155232/Overview/?relatedId=0

Oswego County AmeriCorps member Corey King has arranged to have the Post Cemetery at Fort Ontario included as an official site in the Wreaths Across America program Saturday, Dec. 15. The Post Cemetery is the resting place of 77 soldiers who served at Fort Ontario between 1756 and 1943, as well as women and children who lived at the fort.

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