In honor of those who have served, local Civil Air Patrol cadets, Girl Scout troops, Boy Scout troops and other Sumter residents placed 288 wreaths on the fence of Sumter Cemetery, where more than 3,000 veterans are buried.
The annual Wreaths …
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The annual Wreaths Across America event - going nine years strong - was started by Sumter CAP.
"We're here to remember the fallen and to honor those who serve," Denise Owen, local Wreaths Across America coordinator and member of Sumter County CAP, said.
The purpose of the event is to teach about the many sacrifices of the military, she said.
"Each year we get more wreaths," said Mark Ferro, manager of Sumter Cemetery.
The first year, only 35 wreaths were sponsored, Owen said.
In the Christmas season, this is a good way to give back especially with the many veterans that live in Sumter, said Jared Buniel, first lieutenant in Sumter CAP.
Personnel from Shaw Air Force Base were also in attendance.
The wreaths can be seen along West Oakland Avenue through the holiday season.
To sponsor a wreath in Sumter or another area, visit wreathsacrossamerica.org.
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