The Saugerties VFW Post 5034 sponsored a fundraiser for the annual Wreaths Across America campaign on December 19. The purpose of this fundraiser is to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach children the value of freedom by placing wreaths on the gravesites of those who served in the armed services of this country.
“Covid-19 made some changes necessary for this year, but we continued our participation,” said Bob Howe of the Saugerties VFW 5034. On Saturday, December 19, 17 people from Saugerties travelled to the Saratoga National Cemetery and helped place the wreaths on the gravestones in 30 inches of snow and 17-degree weather. “We would like to thank the Town of Saugerties and all who donated to this beautiful cause,” said Howe.
After placing the wreaths, volunteers went to the American Legion Hall for a free luncheon. A similar ceremony took place at the New Paltz Rural Cemetery.