November 28, 2022

Fundraiser held at Agawam to benefit “Wreaths Across America”

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) — A big step was taken on Saturday to ensure that every grave site at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam will have a wreath of remembrance this Christmas.

A fundraiser, hosted by the Friends of Elm Belcher Masonic Lodge on Saturday, has contributed to the success of the upcoming ‘Wreaths Across America’ project later this year.

Supporters of this veterans program literally stepped up to the plate on Saturday, picking up their barbecue dinner to go. A dinner that pays for the wreaths they will donate to the Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Agawam a short distance away.

John Stone, Master of the Elm Belcher Masonic Lodge in Agawam, told 22News: “It is important that we recognize and remember the sacrifices and what they have done for our country. And what we can also give back.

Money raised a year ago at this time paid for more than 8,000 wreaths which were laid by family members on the graves of veterans at Agawam Memorial Cemetery and will be laid again a year later at a ceremony on December 17.

“I actually started this thing years ago on my own,” said committee co-chair Anthony Leroux. “It got so big I had to contact friends, and it’s snowballed ever since. I’m a veteran, I understand what it’s like.

Springfield-area families picking up their barbecue meals ensured that this “Wreaths Across America” program would have all the money needed to purchase enough wreaths for each hallowed spot where a veteran is buried at the memorial cemetery.