An annual event that recognizes fallen veterans throughout the country is returning to Alamo Cemetery on Saturday afternoon.
One day each December is dedicated to Wreaths Across America, a program that consists of wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and over 1,100 additional locations in the United States and abroad. It was started in 1992 by Morrill Worcester, who founded a nonprofit by the same name with a mission to remember and honor veterans.
This year's event will take place Saturday, with a local ceremony set for noon at Alamo Cemetery with the goal of placing a live, fir wreath at the headstone of every military veteran interred there.
"There are 111 veterans -- from all wars, even one from the Civil War -- buried at the Alamo Cemetery," said Roxanne Lindsay, an organizer of the event, which is sponsored by the San Ramon Valley Republican Women Federated.
"A wreath will be placed on each grave to honor, remember and teach about our heroes after a brief presentation of our flag, short program and closing with Taps. Those attending who would like to lay a wreath are very welcome to do so," Lindsay added.
Local supporters raised enough funds in recent weeks to pay for all of the Alamo Cemetery wreaths as well as for some to be used at other ceremonies, Lindsay said. The wreaths recently arrived to them from the Wreaths Across America offices in Maine.
The wreath-laying will take place during the ceremony scheduled to start at noon Saturday at the cemetery on El Portal in Danville near the border with Alamo, between Danville Boulevard and La Gonda Way.
The event will open with an Alamo Boy Scouts troop presenting the flags, followed by recognition of special wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and POW/MIA (prisoner of war/missing in action).
Each wreath will have a representative who served in that branch and a member of the Blue Star/Gold Star Moms representing the POW/MIA wreath, Lindsay said.
A brief explanation of how the Wreaths Across America program strives to "Honor, Remember and Teach" will be given, and the presentation will close with Taps. Attendees will lay a wreath on a veterans grave, which will be marked with a small flag.
To learn more about the event, visit the club's website.