Wreath ceremony planned for Elwood Cemetery

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Published: Oct. 21, 2020 at 11:46 AM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The American Legion and Auxiliary Post 290 in Elwood is preparing for the 10th year they have laid wreaths on the graves of veterans at the Elwood Cemetery just east of Elwood, Nebraska.

A full ceremony with a speaker, honor guard, color guard, local patriot guard, plus many members of the American Legion and Auxiliary Post 290 is planned for December 19 at the Elwood Cemetery at 11 a.m.

American Legion Auxiliary Post member Stephanie Zerr of Elwood explained out of all the cemeteries in Nebraska only 11 in the state have this ceremony. Zerr said for western central Nebraska, only Elwood Cemetery and Fort McPherson near Maxwell participate in the Wreaths Across America ceremony. This year, Fort McPherson is laying wreaths, but according to their group, they are not having the ceremony this year due to the pandemic.

To order a wreath for the Elwood Cemetery, Zerr says there are many options. Wreaths are $15 and order deadline is November 2, 2020.

Donations can be sent to:

American Legion Auxiliary Post 290

Wreaths Across America Coordinator

Attn: Stephanie Zerr

PO Box 403

Elwood, NE 68937

Or you can order a wreath online by clicking this website link:

The “Wreath Lay Ceremony” is planned for December 19, 2020 at 11 am at the Elwood Cemetery. The ceremony takes place at the American Legion and Auxiliary Memorial at the back, middle part of the cemetery where the memorial stone is place, plus several white crosses for each branch of the service.

Included in the ceremony, a wreath is also laid at the Gosper County Courthouse memorial in downtown Elwood, which honors those Killed In Action from Gosper County in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

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