by Lisa Tome
There will be two locations in Cecil County where people can be part of Wreaths Across America.
Wreaths Across America is a national event which began in 1992 with volunteers laying wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Now, it is a national event with more than 1,110 locations across the U.S. The mission of Wreaths Across America is to Remember, Honor, and Teach.
A year ago, Julie Swoboda, a current senior at The Tome School, kicked off Cecil's first Wreaths Across America at St. Mary Anne's Episcopal Church in North East. Swoboda is back for a second year with the event. After this year, she will turn coordination of Wreaths Across America at St. Mary Anne's over to Hannah Sadler.
Don't disrespect the American Flag in the presence of Marshall Purner.
Purner, 89, who served in the U.S. Army at the tail end of WWII and during the Korean War, won't tolerate it. Once, he saw a woman sitting on a flag which was dragging the ground. He didn't hesitate to explain proper flag etiquette. "I would pay for a ticket to Haiti for those who disrespect the flag," said Purner. "The U.S. Flag is hallowed ground."