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Secretary Gale takes part in Wreaths Across America Ceremony

Nebraska State Capitol
Warner Legislative Chamber

Wreaths Across America is a national program which honors America’s veterans. The program is 15 years old. This is the third year that Lincoln has taken part. Wreaths are sent to each State Capitol to honor veterans during the holiday season. Additional wreaths are placed on the headstones of military veterans at local cemeteries, including Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln.

Secretary of State John Gale was asked to accept the wreath given this year, on behalf of Governor Dave Heineman. He also offered his remarks and read the proclamation making December 9-15, 2012 Wreaths Across America Week.

 

Wreath presented at State Capitol features flags of the military branches as well as the POW/MIA flag.

Wreath presented at State Capitol features flags of the military branches as well as the POW/MIA flag.


Lincoln Junior Air Force ROTC presents the colors.

Lincoln Junior Air Force ROTC presents the colors.


Patriot Guard members surrounded Warner Chamber with flags during the ceremony.

Patriot Guard members surrounded Warner Chamber with flags during the ceremony.


Patriot Guard member.

Patriot Guard member.


Patriot Guard member.

Patriot Guard member.


Members of the Honor Guard were also in attendance.

Members of the Honor Guard were also in attendance.


Lakeview Elementary 5th graders perform “The Star Spangled Banner”.

Lakeview Elementary 5th graders perform “The Star Spangled Banner”.


Major General Judd H. Lyons was the featured speaker.

Major General Judd H. Lyons was the featured speaker.


Pictured left to right: Diane Bartles, Wreaths Across America Committee; Major General Judd H. Lyons, Adjutant General for the Nebraska National Guard; John Gale, Secretary of State; Ralph Bierman, Wyuka Cemetery Event Coordinator.

Pictured left to right: Diane Bartles, Wreaths Across America Committee; Major General Judd H. Lyons, Adjutant General for the Nebraska National Guard; John Gale, Secretary of State; Ralph Bierman, Wyuka Cemetery Event Coordinator.


Major General Judd H. Lyons & Secretary of State John Gale pose with students from Lakeview Elementary.

Major General Judd H. Lyons & Secretary of State John Gale pose with students from Lakeview Elementary.


Students from Lakeview Elementary pose in front of the Christmas tree at the State Capitol.

Students from Lakeview Elementary pose in front of the Christmas tree at the State Capitol.