On Dec. 9, the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association partnered with Wreaths Across America and joined other states and the District of Columbia in honoring veterans and members of the armed forces and their families with a remembrance wreath laying ceremony at the Pennsylvania State Capitol, according to a news release. Organized in 1891, PFDA is one of the oldest and largest state funeral directors’ associations in the nation.
The ceremony in the Rotunda of the State Capitol featured: Major Shaun Myers, Chaplain, Pennsylvania Army National Guard; Bob Kozma and Tim Ghebeles, Buglers, of the Red Rose Honor Guard; State Representative Stephen Barrar, Chairman, House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee; State Senator Lisa Baker, Chair, Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee; John Heiser, Historian, Gettysburg National Military Park; Staff Sergeant Sarah Mancuso, Pennsylvania Army National Guard; F. Glenn Fleming, President, of PFDA; Dean Wetzler, Jr., Chair of the event; and the Pennsylvania Military Funeral Honors, who posted the national and state colors to honor all the fallen veterans and current members of the armed forces of the Commonwealth.
Dignitaries and representatives from various veterans’ organizations, state veterans who have served throughout the world, members of the armed forces along with their families, Civil Air Patrol, Patriot Guard Riders, funeral directors, state legislators and the general public participated in the event.
According to PFDA President Glenn Fleming, “The Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association is honored once again to participate in this important annual national effort to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Honoring our veterans and active military and their families is the highest privilege afforded to any soldier, airmen, sailor, marine and coast guardsman."
More information about the program held on December 9, 2013 can be obtained by contacting
Jo Ann Borsic at the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association at 800-692-6068. Information about the national organization can be found at the Wreaths Across America website.
Posted Dec. 23, 2013