Monday, December 16, 2013

Legion Rider Joins Wreath Tribute

Carlos Varon renders salute
BROOKLYN -- As Civil Air Patrol cadets and officers laid wreaths on veterans graves across New York State Saturday (Dec. 14), members of the American Legion Family were often there with them.

It was part of the annual Wreaths Across America tribute (which, among other things, featured a convoy of tractor trailer trucks delivering 143,000 Maine-made "remembrance wreathes" to Arlington National Cemetery where thousands of volunteers placed them on graves.)

Carlos Varon, an American Legion Rider with Baldwin Post 246, joined members of Academy Cadet Squadron NY-147 at Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn.

In an online photo album, he extended a thank-you to the Civil Air Patrol "cadets who stood in the cold, rain and snow," with "their heads held high." He added: "It was an honor and privilege to stand with you and place a wreath for the POW/MIA."
Carlos Varon renders salute
Legion Rider Carlos Varon renders salute at "Wreaths Across America" observance. Photo by Fran Varon