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Volunteers place wreaths at Great Lakes cemetery

About a dozen volunteers, including Gold Star parents Bob and Sandy Ochner, helped place wreaths at the Great Lakes Naval Cemetery on Dec. 15 as part of the national “Wreaths Across America” campaign.

The effort locally was led by Julie Boesel, Navy Gold Star coordinator for Naval Station Great Lakes (NSGL). Forty-eight wreaths were placed on graves in the cemetery. The wreaths were donated by Andy Barrie of Northwoods Wreaths LLC.

“I would like to personally thank Julie Boesel for coordinating and putting together the ‘Wreaths Across America’ event onboard Naval Station Great Lakes,” said Capt Ray Leung, NSGL commanding officer. “Additionally, I also would like to thank the Gold Star families for coming in support of a national effort to honor our American heroes.”

Wreath-laying ceremonies were also held at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.

For more about the Navy Gold Star program, go to For more about Wreaths Across America, visit

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