Concord cemetery to be part of Wreaths Across America

  • Sgt. Major Caleb Smith of the 197th Field Artillery Brigade places a wreath, with help of Tom Fisk, vice president of the Pierce Brigade, at the foot of the President Franklin Pierce family marker at Old North Cemetery in Concord on Tuesday, November 24, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER

By Associated Press
Published: 12/4/2021 7:50:24 PM

Two hundred veterans in a Concord cemetery will be among those honored as part of the Wreaths Across America event on Dec. 18.

The Old North Cemetery is the final resting place of those who served in the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War and the Spanish American War. The cemetery is also where Franklin Pierce, the nation’s 14th president and a brigadier general in the Mexican War, is buried.

The Pierce Brigade, the membership group dedicated to preserving the home and legacy of Pierce, adopted the cemetery as part of Wreaths Across America, a series of wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 2,500 additional locations across the country, at sea, and abroad.

The public is invited to join representatives from each of the eight military service branches as they place a commemorative wreath at the entrance to the cemetery at 10 a.m. Dec. 18. It will remain in place until spring.

Volunteers wishing to assist in the placement of wreaths on veteran’s graves are invited to join the Pierce Brigade on Dec. 17

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