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Wreaths Across America in Phila. today to honor slain officers

Inquirer staff writer Martha Woodall reports:

The Wreaths Across America Tour, a program which honors fallen veterans at the holidays by placing wreaths on the graves at Arlington National Cemetery, will pause on its journey from Maine today at two area Catholic schools.

A convoy bearing 100,000 wreaths escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders of Southeast Pennsylvania is scheduled to stop at St. Martha Catholic school at 11321 Academy Road in the Northeast at 8:30 a.m. Wreaths will be presented to families of fallen city police officers: Officers Charles Barclay, Gary Skerski, Charles Cassidy and Isabel Nazario; Sgt. Patrick McDonald and Sgt. Timothy Simpson.

The tour is scheduled to stop at Sacred Heart Catholic school, 203 Church Road in Oxford, Chester County at 12:30 p.m.

Wreaths Across American began in 1992 when the Worcester Wreath Co. in Harrington, Maine began placing rembrance wreaths on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery.

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