GREENVILLE – Wreaths Across America was held for the first time at the Greenville Union Cemetery.
Fort GreeneVille Daughters of the American Revolution was the organizer of this honorable event. There were approximately 300 wreaths laid at Greenville Union Cemetery. Also sponsored through the chapter were two wreaths laid at Arlington Cemetery.
Despite the rain, more than 30 volunteers attended including Darke County Commissioner Matt Aultman and Greenville Union Cemetery Phillip Strait. The masters of ceremony for the event were Regent Debbie Nisonger and Chris Nehring. DAR Chaplain Karen Burkett led everyone in prayer.
During the ceremony, a wreath was laid at the grave of American Revolutionary War soldier William Dugan by chapter members Caroline Petitjean and Brenda Arnett. Fort Greenville Chapter member and Gold Star Mother Sandra King had the honors of laying the ceremonial wreath on behalf of prisoners of war and those missing in action.
Guest speakers were Ben Thaeler, district director, Office of Rep. Warren Davidson, and WAA Honor Fleet participant Richard Grow. Also included in the ceremony were the Versailles Color Guard, bugler Starranne Wise-US Army retired, Greenville ROTC Color Guard and local Boy Scout Troops 134 and 343 who led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Ceremonial wreaths were laid by 1st Sgt. Philip C. Rehmert, retired, United States Army (son of DAR member Marjorie Rehmert, deceased); E-4 Cpl. Charles E. Shields, United States Marine Corps; Builder 1st Class Petty Officer Doyle Delk Jr., retired United States Navy; Sgt. Elaine Harter, United States Air Force; Capt. Keith J. Denman, United States Navy, retired, in honor of the United States Coast Guard; and Gunners Mate Chief Petty Officer Stephen M. Eldred, United States Navy retired, in honor of the United States Merchant Marines.
Fort GreeneVille DAR thanked all the individual donors and sponsors. Sponsors included Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Dave Knapp Ford, Second National Bank, Dr. Stentzel, American Legion Post 140 Auxillary, Greenville Masonic Lodge 143, Greenville Memorial VFW Post 7262 and St. Paul United Church of Christ. Fort GreeneVille DAR also thanked Greg Peck Sound Systems, Treaty City Industries employees, Greenville Union Cemetery, Township trustees and volunteers.