(Joplin, MO) – While flags are placed veterans’ headstones on holidays like Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day, the Christmas season gives us a reason to pause and decorate graves with evergreen wreaths. The evergreen is a symbol of strength and the wreaths, adorned with simple red ribbons, help us remember to always be grateful to those who have served our nation.
The American Legion will help the Peace Church Cemetery Association by placing an evergreen wreath at each veteran’s grave on Saturday, December 19 at 10:00 am. The public is welcome to attend.
In November, the Peace Church Cemetery Association was honored to dedicate the headstone of a Civil War Soldier during a historic tour. At the time, we knew of 21 soldiers who served in five different wars and are buried at the cemetery. Since then, we have discovered another possible veteran burial and are working to track down the Civil War era documentation to establish the connection.
About Peace Church Cemetery and Preservation Group:
From the first burial site in 1846 to the most recent in 2005, the Peace Church Cemetery – History and Preservation volunteer group aims to honor and tell the stories of those who are laid to rest here. Peace Church Cemetery is located on the east side of Peace Church Road, half-way between Zora and Fountain Roads.
James Beeler, President
Peace Church Cemetery Association