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Wreaths Across America 2017

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The cadet flights of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol successfully conducted the field operation of placing an estimated 500 wreaths on the graves of Veterans buried at the Hills of Rest Cemetery, Sioux Falls South Dakota on 15-16 December 2017. After the wreaths in the field were placed, a memorial ceremony led by Civil Air Patrol Chaplin, Lt Col Gary Rae was conducted beginning at 11:00 A.M. local time 16 December at the chapel on the Hills of Rest Cemetery site. The Cadet Color Guard marched, posted and retired the colors to open and close the proceedings. Flags from each branch of the Armed Forces were placed front and center in the chapel hall. Active duty members of each branch were there to individually place a wreath in front of each respective service flag in a dignified and solemn manner to honor all of the Veterans who have gone before us. Chaplin Rae delivered an inspiring remembrance followed by a powerful trumpet rendition of Taps by one of our program volunteers.