DAR members participate in Wreaths Across America _lowres

Photo provided by DAR—Participants in the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Chalmette National Historic Military Cemetery include, from left, Fay Champagne, Christyn Raby, Caron Codina and Bonnie Cook of the Francois de Lery Chapter, DAR; Kay Metz Alpaugh, Kitty Jackson and Wendy Ciolino of the New Orleans Chapter; and Mary Ellen Menge of the Oliver Pollock Chapter and her daughter, Rebecca Menge, who will become a member in April. Alece Martin of the Spirit of ‘76 Chapter also participated.

Members of five chapters in the Southeast District of the Louisiana Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, participated in the Wreaths Across America program Dec. 12 at Slidell Veterans Cemetery and Chalmette National Historic Military Cemetery.

Vietnam veteran volunteer Henry J. Fell, U.S. Army, presented a commemorative wreath and was surprised with the NSDAR Vietnam Veteran Certificate of Appreciation and a 50th Vietnam War Commemoration lapel pin.

Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit that got its start in 2007, begun by the family of Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine.

In 2014, Wreaths Across America and its network of volunteers laid more than 700,000 memorial wreaths at 1,000 locations.