Wareham honors ‘Wreaths Across America’

Dec 29, 2020

Wreaths were placed at significant locations across town on Dec. 28 in honor of National Wreaths Across America Day. 

The national holiday — with a mission of remembering, honoring, and teaching about those who serve  — was actually on Dec. 19, but celebrations in Wareham were postponed due to inclement weather.

The wreaths were placed at the memorial on the town green, in front of Town Hall, cemeteries across town (Centre, St. Patrick’s, Long Neck, and Agawam), and at the Hero’s Circle outside the National Cemetery in Bourne.

“It’s meaningful,” Bob Powilatis, commander of the American Legion Post 220, said. “During these difficult social and civil times, we want to remember our veterans who are responsible for our freedom.”

Ted Hatch and Mike Ward of the Wareham Elks also participated in the ceremony, as did Garden Club members Joyce Holster, herself a veteran, and Sandy Slavin.

For the third year in a row, the Garden Club created the wreaths, which are decorated with red, white, and blue ribbons as well as a yellow ribbon and poppies, which symbolize the sacrifice of those who served in World War I. 

“They’re beautiful wreaths this year,” Powilatis said.