Bob Newman
Cape Fear Chapter 366
Air Force Association
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President:
John Lasley
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Vice President:
Tim Peppe
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Secretary:
Sheila Lasley
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Treasurer and
VP Vet/Govt Affairs:
Gary Green
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VP Membership:
Ed Sullivan
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VP Communications:
Jerry West
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VP IT:
Ron Tilmon
Chapter 366 Supports Wreaths Across America ...

Wreath image5Wreath image6Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the Wreaths Across America mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad. The AFA Cape Fear Chapter supports this mission at the Wilmington National Cemetery.
This year the wreaths were placed on December 15th. It was a nasty start (the weather) to a great activity for this year's event in Wilmington. Over 300 people were observing as the Vice Chairman, New Hanover County Commissioners, Julia Boseman, and the Mayor of Wilmington, Bill Saffo, brought greetings. The guest speaker, LCDR Aaron J. Kowalczk, Executive Officer of the US Coast Guard Cutter Dilligence, spoke to the debt we owe the men and women who have served and are serving in the active military. There were 4,943 wreaths available to place at the cemetery graves from 23 sponsoring organizations. The Cape Fear Chapter, Air Force Association sponsored 50 wreaths this year.
Our Master of Ceremonies, Bil Ebersbach, was accompanied by his companion dog, Wetherly. Wetherly kept watch over a fallen serviceman during the wreath laying activities.



We encourage every volunteer who places a wreath on a veteran's grave to say that veteran's name aloud and take a moment to thank them for their service to our country. It's a small act that goes a long way toward keeping the memory of our veterans alive.



We are not here to "decorate graves." We're here to remember not their deaths, but their lives.
Karen Worcester, Executive Director of Wreaths Across America

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