“Wreaths Across America” Honors Troops in Iowa

By Andrew Bridgewater, Reporter

Congressman Dave Loebsack gives the Public Official Comment at the Wreaths Across America Ceremony. The ceremony at Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City was one of five ceremonies in Iowa on Saturday. (Andrew Bridgewater/Source Media Group News).

Tools

By Kelli Sutterman

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Not even Saturday’s storm could stop dozens of people from honoring veterans at the Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City.

Wreaths Across America is a nation-wide event that remembers the sacrifices of our troops during the holidays.

People placed more than 300 wreaths at the graves of local soldiers.

This year, the event marks nearly 150 years since the start of the Civil War.

Each branch of the armed forces was represented in Saturday’s Iowa City ceremony.

“It’s definitely gonna make people think more about what soldiers are doing and why they are deployed and the freedoms that we have. The holidays bring that out even more,” said US Army Sergeant First Class Carlos Ayala-Pagan.

Johnson County was one of five wreath locations throughout the state.

The Wreaths America Program started up 17 years ago at Arlington National Cemetery.

Conversation Guidelines

Be Kind

Don't use abusive, offensive, threatening, racist, vulgar or sexually-oriented language.
Don't attack someone personally. Keep it civil and be responsible.

Share Knowledge

Be truthful. Share what you know and what you are passionate about.
What more do you want to learn? Keep it simple.

Stay focused

Promote lively and healthy debate. Stay on topic. Ask questions and give feedback on the story's topic.

Report Trouble

Help us maintain a quality comment section by reporting comments that are offensive. If you see a comment that is offensive, or you feel violates our guidelines, simply click on the "x" to the far right of the comment to report it.


read the full guidelines here »

Commenting will be disabled on stories dealing with the following subject matter: Crime, sexual abuse, property fires, automobile accidents, Amber Alerts, Operation Quickfinds and suicides.

facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram

What's On KCRG