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Wreaths Across America Honors Herndon-Area Veterans - Source Connection news papers

Posted on Dec 20,2018
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Members of the Bobby Pins, a group within Reston Chorale, (from left) Ellen Torzilli, Jo Marshall, Kate Schindler, Susan Wagoner, Kit Kobran and (not pictured) Al Torzilli sing as participants place wreaths on veterans' gravesites. Photo by Mercia Hobson.

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By Mercia Hobson

RESTON -
Across the country, at more than a reported 1,640 memorial sites like the one at Chestnut Grove Cemetery in the Town of Herndon, people gathered as one nation, one community to show their gratitude and respect during the National Day of Remembrance Ceremony for Wreaths Across America, said Speaker Carol Wright, Herndon Woman's Club, at the Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 event.

Before the start of the ceremony, the Hennessa family of Reston, parents Zach, Alex and son Nolan, 3 stood in the rain. "It's an honor to be here, to remember those who served. And to teach my son the importance of giving back,” said Zach Hennessa. “Frank and Kathy Deffer are Nolan's grandparents; they served in the Army."

MEMBERS OF THE GROUP within the Reston Chorale, the Bobby Pins, sang as hundreds and hundreds of individuals from the surrounding communities of Herndon, Reston, Sterling, Great Falls and more, some very young, some very old and some alone stood huddled together, silent under a sea of umbrellas in the driving rain.

"Eight hundred and twenty-three veterans are buried in Chestnut Grove Cemetery," said Carol Wright, Guest Speaker and member of the Herndon Woman's Club. Men and women who "gave their lives so that we can live in freedom and without fear. …We are here to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom. We shall not forget. We shall remember."

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