Scouts will honor veterans in a holiday tribute

Christmas wreaths will once again honor Wilton’s fallen soldiers, thanks to Boy Scout Troop 125. For the third year in a row, the Scouts will present six large wreaths to First Selectman Bill Brennan to adorn the Wilton Veterans Memorial Green pillars in town center. Then the Scouts will head to Hillside Cemetery, where they will lay approximately 150 wreaths on soldiers’ graves, according to Jonathan Woods, a parent who is affiliated with Troop 125.

Mr. Woods said state Sen. Toni Boucher, state Rep. Gail Lavielle and American Legion Post Cmdr. Don Hazzard will also participate in the annual ceremony at the war memorial.

“After Tyler Christensen, the troop’s senior patrol leader, makes the wreath presentation, our troop bugler, Elliot Connors, will play taps to conclude the ceremony,” Mr. Woods said.

Then the Scouts will go to Hillside Cemetery to lay the wreaths at the soldiers’ graves.

“It is quite a sight to see the Scouts carrying stacks of wreaths through Hillside Cemetery in search of graves with military insignia markings on them,” Mr. Woods said.

“It is important to honor these soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice to this country,” said Tristan Haas, the troop’s newest Eagle Scout.

Mr. Woods said Troop 125 traditionally sells holiday wreaths to raise money “to cover the cost of specialized leadership training programs, the purchase of camping equipment and to help cover the cost of Summer Scout Camp. Wilton families have been so generous in supporting this effort the boys and adult leaders were looking for a tangible opportunity to give back to our community.”

So “under the leadership of Scoutmaster Steven Gorenbergh, the troop decided that honoring Wilton’s fallen servicemen and women was a fitting Scout tribute,” Mr. Woods said.

The event has been expanding since its inception two years ago, when the Scouts placed 75 wreaths on the graves of Wilton servicemen and women, followed by 130 wreaths last year.

The wreaths come from the Bangor, Maine area, Mr. Woods said. “With the town’s continued support, the Scouts hope to continue this tradition for many years to come.”

The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which will take place at 10:30 on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the memorial in town center.