Boxwood Cemetery Hosts Wreaths Across America Ceremony in Medina Saturday

MEDINA — Young and old showed up in force on Saturday at Boxwood Cemetery, honoring fallen veterans by placing sponsored wreaths across their final resting places.

“We had a record number of wreaths again this year with 261 altogether,” said event spokeswoman and Medina resident Kathy Blackburn. She added, atop of individual sponsorships, multiple organizations took part this year, such as the VFW, American Legion, and the Sacred Heart Club. “I’m just so happy with all of the children here,” Blackburn added.

Village of Medina Mayor Mike Sidari attended, stating, “I’m definitely happy with the way this program is going. It get’s bigger and bigger every year.”

(The wreaths were laid out in large part using volunteers from the Boy Scouts of America.)

Assemblyman Steve Hawley, who has been coming to this event since its inception in 2013, was happy to see so many kids participating in honoring local veterans. He said, “It’s heartwarming and warms the soul no matter the weather. It brings people together, young and old, some kids here today were under the age of five.”

Hawley added, “They end up knowing the importance of these soldiers sacrifice because of the ceremony and words delivered by Kathy Blackburn.”

(Assemblyman Steve Hawley speaks with visitors at Boxwood Cemetery in Medina.)