Civil Air Patrol to honor veterans, POW/MIA in Plover ceremony


Metro Wire Staff

The public is invited to a Wreaths Across America ceremony this weekend.

Members of the Civil Air Patrol’s Stevens Point Composite Squadron will honor fallen members of the United States Armed Forces during a Dec. 16 Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Korean War Memorial, 1831 Maple Dr. in Plover.


The ceremony is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.

At exactly 11 a.m. the ceremony will commence with one minute of silence, coinciding with wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 4,000 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.

Civil Air Patrol cadets, ages 12-18, and senior members will lead the ceremony. Wreaths will be placed at the memorial in honor of the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Space Force, and Merchant Marines.

There will also be wreaths laid in honor of POW/MIA.

State Representative Katrina Shankland and Plover Village Administrator, Steve Kunst, will speak briefly. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Greater Plover Area Memorial Post 10262 will present the honor guard.

Carol Vleeshouwers of the Daughters of the American Revolution will read the names of the honorees for this year’s wreaths.

Following the ceremony, the wreaths will be moved by members of the Daughters of the American Revolution to the graves of veterans in local cemeteries. The mission of Wreaths Across America is to “Remember the fallen, honor those who serve, and teach the next generation the value of freedom.”