A wreath laying ceremony was held Saturday at the Gridley-Biggs Cemetery as part of a nationwide salute to Veterans for their time protecting their countries. Over 300,000 wreaths were placed on Veteran's graves in 2011.
Denny Parham was once again on hand to perform the Master of Ceremony duties, handing the microphone over to Jeff Draper, Mayor of the City of Gridley, who read a proclamation from the Gridley City Council.
Sponsorships are offered to people each year in the hope that every Veteran's resting place will be adorned with a wreath for just $15.
"When you see a Veteran or active duty member of the military, thank them. A moment of your time is well spent," Parham stated to those in attendance.
Cadet Connor Sheldon placed a wreath for the U.S. Army at the Military Veterans Court of Honor where the ceremony began with Cadet Alex Roque placing a wreath for the U.S. Navy. Cadet Josh Reese laid a wreath in honor of the U.S. Air Force and Cadet Cameron Paul placed a wreath for the U.S. Coast Guard. Cadet Danielle Adams laid a wreath in honor of the Merchant Marines.
A remembrance wreath was placed for the 93,129 U.S. servicemen who's last known status was either Missing In Action or Prisoner of War.
A moment of silence was held for the 27 people killed in Connecticut on Friday, December 14, 2012 and a special wreath was laid to rest at the Court of Honor.