Marine veteran Floyd O’Brien, of Emmaus, salutes a fallen comrade after laying a wreath Dec. 14, 2019, in Fountain Hill.PRESS PHOTOS BY DOUGLAS GRAVES
Skylar Santiago and Logan Hechler place a wreath at the gravestone of a veteran. Both are students at Liberty High School. Santiago said her father is a veteran. Hechler said his grandfather is a veteran.
Members of the Lehigh Valley Sea Cadets fire a 21-gun salute in honor of veterans buried at the Fountain Hill Cemetery.
Members of the Marine Corps League Bethlehem Detachment 284 and the Lehigh Valley Sea Cadets provide the color guard for the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Fountain Hill Cemetery.
In honor of the various services and components of the Armed Forces, veterans of each of the services place wreaths on crosses during the ceremony. Following the ceremony, volunteers lay wreaths on the graves of veterans.
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA
Fallen veterans honored in Fountain Hill
On a foggy hillside cemetery in Fountain Hill people gathered Dec. 14, 2019, to hear dignitaries express respect for the veterans who are buried in plots scattered over the broken but hallowed ground.
Representatives from each of the military services in turn carried pine-boughed and red-ribboned wreaths to white Christian crosses set up for the occasion.
After appropriate remarks on the sacrifices of the fallen and the solemn duty to honor them, a Navy Sea Cadet contingent of three riflemen fired seven volleys for a 21-gun salute.
Following the ceremony attendees, who were bundled up against the cold fog and threatening rain, picked up wreaths and spread out over the hillside cemetery and searched out gravestones which were marked by a small American flag as the resting place of a veteran.