Scituate: Volunteers Gather for Wreaths Across America

Colleen Walo, with her dog Wiener, and Keith Walo of Scituate were among the volunteers. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Colleen Walo, with her dog Wiener, and Keith Walo of Scituate were among the volunteers. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

 

The Scituate American Legion Post 144 joined communities across the country as part of Wreaths Across America.

Volunteers gathered at the Cudworth Cemetery to lay wreaths at the graves of veterans.

Post Commander Dennis Badore led the ceremonies. He says it’s a moment to reflect and honor veterans.

“We do it at the same time throughout the country. We put wreaths to honor the fallen veterans,” said Badore. “We raise money throughout the year to pay for it. Each town has their own ceremony. We’re proud to do it.”

Colleen Walo says the ceremony continues grow, they’ve been taking part since it started almost 10 years ago.

“Remembering our fallen is so important. It’s really awesome to see so many children here so that they can carry this on in the future,” said Walo. “This is an amazing event that they do every year. I’m very thankful for it.”

Past Commander Steven Litchfield says volunteers from the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and high school football and hockey teams helped tie bows on the wreaths.

“It’s wonderful, we had about 40 kids here. We did 550 bows in probably half an hour, which is pretty amazing. A lot of hands makes short work,” said Litchfield. “They got into it. I explained what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. I had kids coming up and thanking me, and I’m thanking them. It’s neat, we really love doing this.”

The ceremonies closed with a wreath laid from the Sergeant Michael Jason Kelley Bridge on Route 3A.

Army National Guard Sgt. Kelley was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2005.

Chaplain Eleanor Grossman reads a prayer in honor of National Guard Sergeant Michael Jason Kelley. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Chaplain Eleanor Grossman leads a prayer in honor of National Guard Sergeant Michael Jason Kelley. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Over 550 wreaths were laid at the Cudworth Cemetery in Scituate. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Over 550 wreaths were laid at the Cudworth Cemetery in Scituate. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Dozens of people gathered at Lawson Park for the start of Wreaths Across America in Scituate. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Dozens of people gathered at Lawson Park for the start of Wreaths Across America in Scituate. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

The Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and high school football and hockey teams made bows for the wreaths. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

The Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and high school football and hockey teams made bows for the wreaths. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. Lenny has won two Edward R. Murrow awards for breaking news coverage, and a Mass. Broadcasters Award in the sports feature category. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny now lives in Rockland. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at Lenny.Rowe30@Gmail.com.