MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, NJ – As part of its journey to Washington D.C., the national Wreaths Across America (WAA) convoy will be in Montgomery Township on Wednesday, December 12th and make a scheduled stop at Montgomery High School.
With the help of thousands of volunteers, WAA works to fulfill its mission of remembering, honoring and teaching through the annual laying of wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. The wreaths’ journey to Arlington has become a tradition in itself, allowing locals along the route to share in the emotional and educational experience as the WAA convoy passes through towns.
WAA will begin its trip to Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, December 8th, in Washington County, Maine, and will travel down the east coast. The convoy is scheduled to arrive in Arlington on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, December 15th, where it will be met by thousands of volunteers who will place a wreath for the individuals who served to protect the freedoms of our country, ensuring no one is forgotten.
The ceremony at Montgomery High School (https://www.mtsd.k12.nj.us/mhs), located at 1016 Route 601, Skillman, NJ, is set to begin on the 12th at approximately 3:45pm. Following the ceremony the convoy will travel to its next stop in New Jersey on its way to Delaware.
Escort participants include American Gold Star Mothers, Blue Star Families, Gold Star Wives of America, veterans and the Wreaths Across America extended family. Members of the Patriot Guard Riders, Patriot Riders of America and Rolling Thunder will flank the escort along with law enforcement from Maine to ensure safe transport for all participants throughout the week.
Each year, millions of Americans come together in local and national cemeteries in order to REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those that serve and their families, and TEACH the next generation about the value of freedom. A new theme is chosen every year to help supporters focus their messaging and outreach in their own communities.
In February, the national nonprofit announced the theme for 2018 as “Be their witness.”
The inspiration for this year's theme stems from the 2009 drama "Taking Chance," which was based on the experiences of U.S. Marine Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl, who escorted the body of a fallen Marine, PFC Chance Phelps back to his hometown in Wyoming from the Iraq War.
For more information on Wreaths Across America, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
Montgomery Township School District
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 13, 2018
Contact: Greg Swerdlow, (609) 466-7601 x7021 firstname.lastname@example.org
Montgomery, NJ –Montgomery High School has been selected as one of two New Jersey school stops for this year’s “Wreaths Across America” convoy as it travels on December 12th from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery to honor America’s fallen heroes. The Montgomery Township School District is using this opportunity to highlight the many qualities possessed by our country’s veterans, including love of our country, service above self, and patriotism.
In support of Wreaths Across America, The Rotary Club of Montgomery / Rocky Hill is asking “Who is your hero?” with their “Flags for Heroes” campaign. Honor your hero by sponsoring a flag that will be displayed from December 5th through December 15th in front of Montgomery High School to honor veterans and our local heroes and will be a spectacular welcome for the Wreaths Across America convoy as it pulls into MHS on December 12th. To sponsor a flag or to learn more about Flags for Heroes, visit the Rotary Club’s website at www.MontgomeryRotary.org.
During the period of Veterans Day through December 19th, the birthday of Montgomery’s own fallen hero 1st Lieutenant Ashley Henderson-Huff, there are several activities taking place in all schools designed to increase the students’ understanding of these qualities and the meaning and cost of the freedom we all enjoy. These activities will provide the students with additional exposure to some of the important characteristics that contribute to Montgomery’s strategic plan initiative, the Portrait of a Graduate, as they engage in civics while serving the community.
Beginning with our youngest students in Orchard Hill Elementary School, many first grade classes are writing letters to members of the Armed Forces as they are taught to celebrate our Veterans. One of the OHES teachers, who has a brother in the Marine Corps, will help to distribute the letters to soldiers. The second grade classes will also learn and celebrate our Veterans by writing letters to be dropped off at a local Veterans Affairs office.
In Village Elementary, several third and fourth grade classrooms are writing “Thank You” letters to over 400 sailors who are deployed with one of the student’s fathers.
In the Montgomery Lower Middle School, both fifth and sixth graders will be contributing to the LMS “Wall of Honor”, a wall to be populated by stars filled out and submitted by the students honoring their family members (one star per service member) who served or are currently serving in any of the US Military branches. Additionally at LMS, the sixth graders are writing letters to veterans to be collected by one of the student’s mothers, a veteran herself. A few of these letters were selected for reading at the Montgomery Township’s Veterans Day Celebration at Montgomery Veterans park, where the student authors and their families were invited to the reading. On Monday, November 12th, LMS will begin their day with a short ceremony honoring our veterans and current members of the military.
To recognize the resilience and sacrifice of our veterans, active service members, as well as their families, UMS students will engage in several civic minded activities throughout the week of November 11th. School wide assemblies will kick off the week to develop empathy for veterans and their families while creating awareness for ways to show respect for their service. Throughout the week, they will experience targeted lessons and participate in “penny races” to raise money for the Wreaths Across America organization, promote the Flags For Heroes fundraiser sponsored by The Rotary Club of Montgomery/Rocky Hill, and partner with Operation Gratitude by writing letters of appreciation to active service men and women. UMS also looks forward to the return of the POW/MIA Chair of Honor Set to be displayed in our foyer. The unoccupied chair is a remembrance of the 82,000 service members who remain unaccounted for since WWII.
Montgomery High School took part in their own “Sign a card, Thank a Vet” program where students and faculty signed cards for veterans which were forwarded to local Veterans organizations.
For more information on the Veterans dedications at MHS including the dedication of “1st Lieutenant Ashley Henderson Huff Memorial Drive”, the new Veterans Memorial Garden, the new POW/MIA Chair of Honor outside the main office, and the upcoming stop in the Wreaths Across America convoy, visit the Montgomery High School dedications web page at https://www.mtsd.k12.nj.us/mhsDedications.
Mike Deak, Bridgewater Courier NewsPublished 3:46 p.m. ET Nov. 20, 2018
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