PA Soldiers and Sailors Home Celebrates Wreaths Across America

PA Soldiers and Sailors Home Celebrates Wreaths Across AmericaCredit: Wreaths Across America
Community volunteers help place wreaths on 1,336 veterans’ graves

ANNVILLE, PA — Members of the community and volunteers from the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ (DMVA) Pennsylvania Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home (PSSH) this week in Erie placed wreaths on 1,336 graves in its Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in coordination with the national Wreaths Across America program. The annual event places wreaths at more than 2,100 locations across America, at sea and abroad to honor service members who have served and sacrificed.

“This year the pandemic has posed unique challenges, but nothing could stand in the way of us preserving the legacies and honoring the service of the men and women who rest in our veterans cemetery,” said Beth Seibert, interim commandant at the PSSH. “We had to make changes to our program to meet safe CDC guidelines, but with the extraordinary coordination between the community volunteers and our staff, we were able to once again honor those interred here with a beautiful wreath at their gravesite.”

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The PSSH is one of six veterans homes operated by the DMVA in Pennsylvania and the only one which maintains an active veterans cemetery. The home has traditionally held a ceremony to remember those interred in its cemetery, which was established in 1886 and includes graves dating back to the Civil War era.

The wreaths placed by more than 100 volunteers, were generously funded by donations from individuals and organizations throughout the community.

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