This Saturday is Wreaths Across America Day, and at noon at St. Peters Church in Belleville, the Belleville Historical Society will host a local event. The organization sets wreaths on the graves of all veterans buried at St. Peter’s and the two other Belleville cemeteries. It then proceed to the veteran section of Glendale Cemetery in Bloomfield and set wreaths on the graves of 15 young men from Belleville and Nutley who were killed in action during World War II and Vietnam.
“We spend the rest of Saturday and Sunday visiting more than a dozen cemeteries in North Jersey where young men from Belleville (and Nutley) killed in action rest,” society President Michael Perrone said. “We set over 200 wreaths in six counties.”
The Belleville Historical Society is a member of the Medal of Honor Historical Society. It also travels to and set wreaths at the resting places of 10 Medal of Honor recipients in the area.
In addition, the society visits and lays wreaths at a half dozen Revolutionary War burial sites, from Gen. William Winds in Rockaway to Rivervale in Bergen County, the site of the Baylor Massacre.
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