It's a tradition that is carried out at over 3,100 locations across the U.S. in December, as volunteers lay wreaths at the graves of military veterans and take a moment to remember their service.

The Rushville Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored Rushville's second national Wreaths Across America ceremony at East Hill Cemetery on Dec 18th.  The chapter was assisted by Boy Scouts of America Troop 33, Rush County Honor Guard and local veterans. The National Anthem and “Taps” were performed by Jeff King of Bugles Across America. The guest speaker for the ceremony, James Darnell, expanded on his speech from last year’s ceremony, which was based on an excerpt from Ernie Pyle's “Here Is Your War.” This year Mr Darnell spoke of the movie “GI Joe, a tribute to the American infantryman during World War II,” as told through the eyes of war correspondent, Ernie Pyle.

During the ceremony, Mrs. Nellena Rummel, was recognized for her contributions to the United States of America during WWII, making aircraft parts and for her continued devotion to our nation's veterans. 

    Remembrance wreaths were brought forward by local veterans and boy scouts to recognize all branches of the armed services and those missing in action and prisoners of war. An additional wreath was brought forward in honor and remembrance of Cpl Dillon Fowler, USMC. 
After the ceremony, wreaths were placed by volunteers on veteran graves in East Hill Cemetery and Calvary Cemetery. 
The Rushville Chapter DAR is already working on Wreaths Across America Day for Dec 17, 2022. 

Wreaths can be sponsored by going to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/IN0135P. Locations include East Hill Cemetery, Calvary Cemetery and sponsored locations include Arlington East Hill Cemetery and Raleigh Zion Cemetery.  

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution  is a women's service organization whose members can trace their lineage to an individual who contributed to securing American independence during the Revolutionary War. Today's DAR is dynamic and diverse, with over 185,000 members in 3,000 chapters in the United States and abroad. DAR members annually provide millions of hours of volunteer service to their local communities and chapters participate in projects to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism. If you are interested in learning more about DAR membership, contact the Rushville Chapter at rushvillechapterdar@gmail.com