RAMEY — Once again, the Beulah Cemetery in Ramey will be laying wreaths on each veterans grave there as part of Wreaths Across America.
The event is scheduled on Dec. 14 at 11:45 a.m. The tractor trailer carrying the wreaths will depart Clearfield with a police and fire escort. The escort will travel from Clearfield to Philipsburg where the driver, Ken Albie, will lay memorial wreaths at the Moshannon Valley Veterans Memorial Wall.
The procession will then travel through Osceola Mills to Houtzdale, then on to Ramey to the cemetery.
Local officials are encouraging people to be along the route to show support the escort for these very special wreaths that will grace the final resting place of America’s heroes. People are also welcome to join the escort at any point.
Albie, who works for Tyson Foods, and his daughter Delia, a St. Francis student, had the honor two years ago to be a part of the Arlington Escort. Once there, Delia represented Wreaths Across America by laying the wreath at the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier.
The exact time that the truck will depart Clearfield and the estimated time for the stop in Philipsburg will be announced closer to the date of the event.
At the ceremony, memorial wreaths will be placed by the cemetery’s war monument to honor those who have served and those still serving in each branch of the armed forces. The National Anthem will be sung by students of St. Francis School and they will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Clare Pannebaker will be the guest speaker.
The Honor Guard comprised of members of the Smithmill VFW Post 6321 and the Houtzdale American Legion will conduct the military service, including a gun salute and Taps.
Wreaths will remain on the grave sites until late January when the wreaths will be retired.
Until last year, Beulah Cemetery was the only cemetery in Clearfield to participate in the program. Last year, Crossroads Cemetery in Beccaria Township, also known as Hagerty Cross Roads Cemetery, joined the program.