Barrar and Others Remember Sacrifices Made by Armed Forces
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.

“All across America, wreaths will be laid on graves of the men and women who fought for our country, and I am grateful that we could participate in this important effort today,” Barrar said. “We shared our gratitude for those who have kept us free as each wreath was presented.”

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.

John Brenner, chairman of the Pennsylvania State Veterans Commission, and Col. David E. Wood, chief of staff of the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, also spoke at the ceremony. Members of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee also joined to honor veterans and active duty military.

Staff Sgt. Ian Bowling of the U.S. Army Choir and the Central Dauphin High School choir, under the direction of Mr. John Madas, performed at the ceremony. Maj. Shaun Myers, 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
160th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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