Wreath Across America ceremony held at Veterans Memorial Park

Veterans Memorial Park Committee member Bob Phillips (left) and Jana Cooper (right) stand by the wreath after laying it on the wreath stand during the ceremony held on Wreath Across America Day at the Lucas County Veterans Memorial Park in Chariton on Saturday. Cooper is the niece of World War II Veteran Bob Parker, who passed away in October.

A ceremony honoring Wreath Across America Day was held at the Lucas County Veterans Memorial Park in Chariton this past Saturday afternoon, Dec. 14. Despite the bitter cold, there was a good (but smaller) turnout for the event.

The Chariton and Russell American Legions along with the Lucas County Veterans Memorial Park Committee put on the event.

The wreath that was laid for the ceremony was picked up by the Lucas County Girl Scouts at Hunter Brothers Tree Farm before the ceremony and taken to the Memorial Park.

During the ceremony, Jana Cooper, the niece of World War II Veteran Bob Parker, who passed away this fall, laid the wreath in the Circle of Life at the park near the POW/MIA Memorial.

Lucas County Veterans Memorial Park Committee Chairman Earl Comstock gave the opening welcome and Melody Allen led in the saying of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Rev. Fred Steinbach of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Chariton then gave the Invocation.

“Heavenly Father, we gather today to pay tribute to the men and women who bravely served our great nation by protecting us in times of both war and peace. We commemorate their service with this wreath and we honor them for their sacrifice as they bravely risked their lives for our freedom. We ask that through this ceremony we be given a deeper understanding of the importance of serving the people of this country. In your name we pray, Amen,” Pastor Steinbach said.

Read the December 17, 2019 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.

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