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Wreaths Across America Caravan Comes to Hudson Valley Community College for Ceremony Honoring Veterans, Military and Families



(Troy, N.Y.) – Wreaths Across America’s Escort to Arlington—the longest veterans’ parade in the country—will make a stop at Hudson Valley Community College for a special ceremony honoring veterans and service members of the United States Armed Forces and their families on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Wreaths Across America is a national organization with a mission to remember our fallen U.S. service members, honor those who serve, and teach children the value of freedom. Through donations, the organization collects sponsored veterans’ wreaths to lay at Arlington National Cemetery, and more than 3,100 additional participating locations across the country each December. A caravan of more than a dozen tractor trailers will transport a portion of these wreaths from Maine during the annual Escort to Arlington Dec. 11-18. 

This year’s stop at Hudson Valley is one of only two stops being made in New York State, and will be the largest. The event is open to the public, with no cost to attend. 

WHO: Keynote speaker Bill Schaaf, State Captain and Board of Directors President of Patriot Guard Riders NY and New York State Coordinator for the Veteran Recovery Program

Arlington Escort Co-Grand Marshals Jo Ann Maitland, National President of American Gold Star Mothers Inc., and Nancy Menagh, President Emeritus of Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. 

Gold Star Families, Blue Star Families, veterans, volunteers, and members of the Patriot Guard Riders and Patriot Riders

Elected officials and local leaders

Hudson Valley Community College President Roger Ramsammy

Hudson Valley Community College students, faculty and staff

Community members

WHAT: Ceremony to remember, honor and teach, recognizing local veterans and military members and their families 

WHERE: McDonough Sports Complex

Hudson Valley Community College

80 Vandenburgh Ave, Troy NY 12180

Campus map

WHEN: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 10 a.m.

Mobile education exhibit opens at 9 a.m.

Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.

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