Last December, more than 1,000 locations nationwide participated in Wreaths Across America, a charitable organization whose mission, “Remember, Honor, Teach,” is carried out, in part, by a coordinated effort to lay wreaths at the graves of veterans in all 50 states. Joining that effort for the first time was the community of Mt. Auburn, one of eight locations in the state of Iowa that participated in the event held on December, 13, 2014.
Ruth Coots Intlekofer, who spearheaded the effort to organize the First Annual Wreaths Across America event at the Mt. Auburn Cemetery, is proud to announce the March 14 release date of a commemorative DVD that documents the Mt. Auburn ceremony in both photos and video. Produced in partnership with The Progress Review, the Mt. Auburn Wreaths Across America DVD contains two programs. The first is a twelve and a half minute video slideshow featuring more than 100 photos taken before, during and after the ceremony, set to music performed by the United States Marine Band. The second program is a 20 minute video of the ceremony. The commemorative DVD also includes information about the Wreaths Across America organization and recognizes Rolling Thunder, Inc. for its commitment to educating the public about Prisoners of War (POW) and those service men and women Missing in Action (MIA). Mt. Auburn Legion is the first Legion Club in the state to have a POW-MIA Chair of Honor dedicated through Rolling Thunder, Inc.
Proceeds from the sale of the DVD will be used in support of the 2015 ceremony at the Mt. Auburn Cemetery, which will be held at 11 AM on December 12, 2015. The DVD will cost $10 plus $5 shipping for orders delivered via U.S. Mail. To place an order, logon to and click on the Mt. Auburn Wreaths Across America link at the top of the page.
Wreaths Across America has been honoring United States veterans for more than 20 years. In 2014, more than 700,000 wreaths were laid by some 60,000 volunteers. For updates with the latest information about the 2015 Mt. Auburn Wreaths Across America Ceremony, visit the I Love Mt. Auburn, Iowa Facebook page.