By MELINDA WILLIAMS
The public is urged to arrive early for Saturday’s holiday Wreath Laying Program at Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery.
Extra parking will be available at the Dublin Lions Club building, but Melissah Hall, burial operations manager for the cemetery, said buses stop running to the cemetery from the Lions parking lot at 9:20 a.m. The ceremony begins at 9:30.
This is the first year for the program, but the committee overseeing the project is hopeful to be able to raise enough money to continue it in the future. The committee, headed by Mary Lou Summers, had to raise $4,000 to provide holiday wreaths for each veteran’s grave this year.
Summers’ husband, Rear Admiral John Summers, is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
Family members of veterans interred at the cemetery will join veteran service clubs from throughout Southwest Virginia in placing holiday wreaths at the gravesites Saturday.
Commander Paul Galanti, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and a retired Navy commander, will be guest speaker at the ceremony. Other speakers and guests include Dublin Mayor Benny Skeens and retired Air Force General Scott Van Cleef.
Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery Volunteers will provide refreshments.
The cemetery is at 5550 Bagging Plant Road in Dublin.