Nov. 23, 2019

Pictured accepting a check for $100 from Club treasure Kirby Vanatta from L-R President Michael Delacour; Megan Breedlove and Kirby Vanatta

November 23, 2019

By Lion Secretary Robert Hayter

On November 12, 2019 the Lee’s Summit Lions Club met at the Perkins Restaurant and at that meeting their guest speaker was Megan Breedlove, family service counselor at the Longview Funeral Home & Cemetery. Megan is in charge of the National Wreaths Across America project at the Longview Cemetery, being held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Wreaths Across America fist got its beginning when in Harrington, Maine on December 1992, wreath maker Morrill Worcester found himself with a surplus of 5,000 fresh wreaths during the holiday season. Worcester saw the surplus as an opportunity to pay tribute to our country’s veterans and with the help of Maine Senator Olympia Snowe arranged for the wreaths to be placed at Arlington National Cemetery. Since, a foundation was formed and now all over America on this date at the same time millions of wreaths are laid on graves to honor the courage and sacrifice our military veterans and their families did. These veterans should never be forgotten.

Longview is the only cemetery in Lee’s Summit that participates in this particular tribute. There are 528 veterans buried at this location and to date. Megan has only 300 of the spaces sponsored.

The cost of each wreath is $15 which is paid to the foundation and they deliver them fresh, to each location across America, to be laid by the cemetery volunteers. Anybody can participate. This year’s theme is “Everyone Plays a Part.” For more information call (816)761-6272 to donate a wreath and search MOKCLV