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Jeptha Abbott DAR sponsoring the Wreaths Across America event at Old Eagle School Cemetery

December 17, 2022, National Wreaths Day across America, is set aside to REMEMBER the dead, HONOR those who serve, and TEACH our children the value of freedom. The organization’s mission is accomplished by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and more than 3,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.

The Jeptha Abbott Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will again participate at Old Eagle School Cemetery, Wayne, PA at 11 a.m. It is open to the public.

Rear Admiral (R) Scott Clendenin, US Coast Guard (Virginia, formerly of Springfield, PA), will be the keynote speaker. Previously, he worked at United States Headquarters, responsible for seven operational mission areas. Before that, he was captain of four different coastguards, including the Hamilton, a 418ft national security cutter named after Alexander Hamilton.

Keynote Speaker Rear Admiral (R) Scott Clendenin, US Coast Guard

As part of the Vietnam War commemoration in the United States of America, Vietnam Veteran Lt. (R) (jg) Michael Freeland (Wynnewood, PA) will receive the 50th Vietnam Commemorative Lapel Pin.

The event will include a wreath laying ceremony representing each branch of the service. The attendees are:

US Air Force – Duane C. Parker, Jr., in honor of his father, Second Lieutenant Duane C. Parker, Sr., Phoenixville;

US Army – Lt. Col. (R) Mark O’Neill, US Army, Special Forces, Bryn Mawr;

US Coast Guard – Rear Admiral (R) Scott W. Clendenin, Virginia (formerly of Springfield, PA);

U.S. Marines – Lance Corporal (R) Anthony Fillipelli, Strafford;

US Merchant Marines – William Gresh, State Chairman, PA Children of the American Revolution, in honor of his father, Staff Sgt (R) Perry Gresh, Paoli;

US Navy – Lt. (R) (jg) Michael W. Freeland, US Navy Reserve, Wynnewood;

POW-MIA – Lt. (R) (jg) Thomas C. Deas, Jr., US Navy, Surface Warfare Officer, Haverford.

In addition, the following members of the Pennsylvania Society Sons of the Revolution Color Guard will present the colors: Jay Bowden, Wayne, PA, Jon Fitzgerald, Thornton, PA, Robert Flood, Montgomeryville, PA, Kip Gerhart, Philadelphia, PA, Rob McNelly , Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and Leif Zetterberg, Bryn Mawr

After the ceremony, the public will lay wreaths of living balsam on all veterans’ graves – some of which date back to the American Revolution. The wreaths are provided by Wreaths Across America and cost $15 each. To purchase a wreath to place at a veteran’s grave, go to WAA-Old Eagle School. The deadline to purchase one is November 29.

The Old Eagle Cemetery is located at 175 Old Eagle School Road in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Refreshments will be served. Parking is at Strafford station.

Jeptha Abbott DAR Chapter Regent Teri Fischer says, “As direct descendants of patriots of the American Revolution, we are obligated to honor these heroes and all veterans throughout the generations. This event allows us to support an exceptional organization while fulfilling our mission of historical preservation, education and patriotism.

The NSDAR was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the Patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With over 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the largest and most active service organizations in the world. To learn more about the work of DAR today, visit DAR.org or connect with DAR on social media at facebook.com/TodaysDAR, twitter.com/TodaysDAR and youtube.com/TodaysDAR.

Named after Revolutionary War soldier Jeptha Abbott, the Jeptha Abbott DAR Chapter was founded on November 18, 1929 by Elizabeth Abigail Ransley. To learn more about the Jeptha Abbott DAR Chapter and how to join, visit jacdar.org.

Karen Franks Zetterberg, Jeptha Abbott's Second Vice Regent and Public Relations Chair, with her husband Leif Zetterberg, a member of the Sons of the Revolution Color Guard, attending the Old Eagle School Cemetery Celebration.  (Photo submitted)
Karen Franks Zetterberg, Jeptha Abbott’s Second Vice Regent and Public Relations Chair, with her husband Leif Zetterberg, a member of the Sons of the Revolution Color Guard, attending the Old Eagle School Cemetery Celebration. (Photo submitted)



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