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Wreaths honor fallen veterans on Saturday

EAGLE POINT — Wreaths will be laid Saturday to honor fallen veterans at the Eagle Point National Cemetery.

The public event, which begins at 9 a.m., is part of the national Wreaths Across America project to honor Americans who died in service to their country.

During the ceremony, veterans will lay seven ceremonial wreaths after a minute of silence. After presentation of the colors, the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance there will be remarks from John Howard, a Navy veteran, representing U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River.

The seven wreaths represent the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and the prisoners of war and those missing in action. There also will be several hundred additional wreaths laid by the families and friends of veterans buried in the cemetery, said organizer Gloria Lee Orr of Central Point.

"We're doing this because of all the boys and girls in uniform out there serving our country," said the retired teacher. "Every veteran I've talked to about helping with this program has been an absolute sweetheart."

For more information about the national project, visit the Web site at: www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.