Members of the Pennsylvania service participate in “wreaths across America.”

ERIE, Pa. (WHTM) – On Saturday, December 17, community members and volunteers from the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home (PSSH) attended the annual wreaths across America.

“It is a joy each year to see the community come together and honor the American heroes buried in Veterans Memorial Cemetery,” said Cheri Spacht, PSSH commander. “I look forward to looking across the cemetery after the final wreath-laying ceremony, knowing that the names of all those buried here have been spoken and their legacy of service to our nation will not be forgotten.”

The house has traditionally held a ceremony commemorating those in its cemetery, which was established in 1886 and includes Civil War-era graves.

The wreaths were laid by hundreds of volunteers and funded by generous donations from individuals and organizations from across the community. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 470 in Erie directed the shooting detail and played taps.

An active duty member of each branch of the US military laid a wreath to begin the afternoon of the wreath-laying ceremony. Members of the Pennsylvania service participate in “wreaths across America.”

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