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Wreaths across Grass Valley: National veterans ceremony draws crowd to Nevada County

Representing the U.S. Coast Guard, retired veteran Claude Hessel places a wreath at the ceremonial wreath presentation during Saturday's Wreaths Across America ceremony at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Grass Valley. The event was one of thousands happening across cemeteries in the U.S. during National Wreaths Across America Day.
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Participants on Saturday placed wreaths on the graves of more than 800 veterans buried in Grass Valley as part of the nationwide Wreaths Across America ceremony.

The local event, hosted by the John Oldham Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, took place at St. Patrick’s and Greenwood Cemeteries, where volunteers recited the names of veterans as they honored their gravesites with wreaths.

Bonnie Magnetti, who organized the event, said she hopes the ceremony will grow each year in Grass Valley. Eventually, Magnetti said, she hopes to cover every local veteran’s gravesite with a wreath.

Louis Conter, a 96-year-old Grass Valley resident and one of the estimated 2,000 living survivors of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, said the ceremony was an important way to honor those who served the country.

Conter, who returned last week from Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was participating in the 76th anniversary ceremony for Pearl Harbor, on Saturday presented a ceremonial wreath to the U.S. Navy.

“There was a big crowd out there and everyone did a great job,” Conter said.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Pera, email mpera@theunion.com or call 530-477-4231.

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