Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


American Heritage Girls place wreaths in Marietta

Published January 9, 2014

The community on Saturday, Dec. 14, marked Wreaths Across America day.

Many individuals participated in placing over 500,000 wreaths at more than 800 veterans and military cemeteries, including in north Georgia. The event involved adults and many youth and scouting-style groups participated. The event, which began with one man’s efforts at Arlington National Cemetery, has grown to reach as many veterans’ graves across the country as possible with a green wreath and red ribbon.

Deacon Tom Gotschall said the American Heritage Girls troop (Troop GA-1412) from St. Andrew Church, Roswell, was responsible for a few hundred wreaths, which were respectfully laid at the gravestones of the deceased. He is the pastoral associate at St. Andrew and chaplain of the archdiocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting.

The young people participated in the soggy and cold ceremony at the Marietta National Cemetery, which began with a solemn assembly and concluded with the playing of taps.