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The tradition began in Maine in the early 1990s, a wreath maker delivered holiday wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery to be placed on the grave of every soldier. It has now spread to 1700 communities across the nation, including for the first time this year, the hamlet of Lyon Mountain, New York. Volunteers laid wreaths on the graves of 161 veterans at the St. Bernard’s and United Methodist Cemetery in Lyon Mountain, and St. Michael’s Cemetery in neighboring Standish, New York on Saturday, December 15th. Speakers included Wreaths Across America Coordinator Peter Siskavich and Clinton County Clerk John Zurlo. Siskavich says he hopes this event and ceremony will become a yearly holiday tradition in Lyon Mountain.

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