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Wreaths Across America 2015

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                                                      Group III Texas Wing

                                                           Civil Air Patrol


                                                                                                                                      15 December 2015

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Group III Texas Wing                                                                     

Civil Air Patrol



Dallas-It  was a cool gray, overcast and rainy day on which to recognize and remember fallen American heroes. It was the one day set aside each year to place wreaths on the grave sites and  columbariums of veterans at Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery in Grand Prarie Texas.  Slightly more than 2,000 Civil Air Patrol cadets, Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts, Young Marines and Senior Members answered the call to join civilians on this day of recognition.  This year, Saturday December 12th marked the day to place the honors for the men and women of all of the nation’s armed services.

Overseeing the North Texas project was 2nd Lt  Joan L. Gulliksen assisted by Capt Lana Holub both members of the 391st Composite Squadron Group III Texas Wing Civil Air Patrol.  According to Lt Gulliksen  over  10,000  wreaths were placed on graves and at  columbariums  in the National Cemetery”.  She  said “It was an honor to be chosen to be the North Texas coordinator for such a gesture that means so much to so many”.  Captain Holub commented “It is always impresses me to see how many cadets and civilians participate in this solemn ceremony” and Cadet/CMsgt Emelia McLaughlin said  “As a cadet this is a big project with an even bigger reward.  We look forward each year to honoring the veterans who gave everything for  us and asked for little in return”.

C/A1C S. Goldfarb places a wreath

C/CMSgt E. McLaughlin, C/A1C S. Goldfarb, and C/A1C C. Gray honor fallen heros

Civil Air Patrol the longtime all volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard  and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees.  CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually.  Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug intervention missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.  Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program.  Civil Air Patrol received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans  Congressionally chartered 74 years ago, the nonprofit organization also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the  sacrifices of U.S. Military veterans.  Visit for more information

 For more information contact:  Bob Bruton Capt CAP, Public Affairs Officer Group III Texas Wing Civil Air