Today at noon, veterans, Scouts and civic leaders will place wreaths on each of the 561 graves at Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery as part of a national tribute to veterans buried there. It's all part of "Wreaths Across America," a national event.
Approved by Congress in 2008 and this month being observed in more than 1,000 locations as well as in Pleasanton.
Although the special holiday-time wreath-laying has been underway for more than a decade, tomorrow's is a first for Pleasanton, thanks to the enthusiasm and determination of Cameron Huber, a 16-year-old junior at Amador Valley High School.
Her mother, Renee Huber, a State Farm agent in downtown Pleasanton, knew of the interest in bringing Wreaths Across America to Pioneer by members of the Pleasanton Lions Club and the local posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. All they needed was someone skilled at organizing such an effort and willing to take on the task.
She knew just the candidate, and daughter Cameron jumped at the chance.
Always active in school and social groups, Cameron also knew how important it is to remember and pay tribute to those in the military. Her uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather regularly regaled her family with their military experiences. After checking out the national "Wreaths" organization, she met with the Lions and veterans and took on the job.
She was "overwhelmed" (her word) by the outpouring of support by the scores of volunteers who spent part of Thanksgiving weekend using the learning tools and interactive media she obtained from the national Wreaths Across America organization to make the wreaths. Using materials donated by local organizations, Home Depot and Lowe's, volunteers then hand-made each wreath, each with its own distinctive style and personally tied red bows that will be placed on veterans' graves tomorrow.
Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization started by Morrill Worcester in 1992 to place wreaths on graves at Arlington National Cemetery. Last year, the now-national effort placed more than 700,000 memorial wreaths at 1,000 locations in the U.S. and beyond.
Thee public is invited to join Cameron, veterans groups and civic leaders at noon today at Pioneer Cemetery Pleasanton and the nation honor veterans buried here.