HARRISBURG – In memory of all United States Armed Forces personnel, Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, and the Gold and Blue Star Mothers hosted a wreath-laying ceremony in partnership with Wreaths Across America at the Pennsylvania State Capitol.
“It’s easy to get swept away by the special moments the holiday season has to offer, so we must make the effort to honor the sacrifices made by those who lost their lives in battle or are still serving our country,” Barrar said. “Let us always remember that the gift of our freedom came at a great cost.”
Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Ceremony. Its mission, “Remember, Honor, Teach,” is carried out in part by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies each December in all 50 state capitols.
Individual wreaths, signifying every branch of the armed services, were formally presented by respective representatives of the military, as well as Gold and Blue Star Mothers. The remembrance wreath was also presented.
Brig. Gen. Mark J. Schindler, Deputy Adjutant General-Army for the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, spoke at the ceremony. Members of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee also joined to honor veterans and active duty military.
The Central Dauphin High School Chanson Women’s Choir, under the direction of John Madas, performed at the ceremony. Maj. Max Furman, the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Support chaplain, gave the invocation and benediction. The posting and retiring of colors were provided by The Pennsylvania Military Funeral Honors Guard.
Representative Stephen E. Barrar
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) honored the sacrifices of our military and their families during a ceremony at the Capitol on Monday, Dec. 10, in anticipation of the annual wreath-laying ceremony to be held by Wreaths Across America this weekend.