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12/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Circle Cemetery participates in 'Wreaths Across America'
Pictured are some of the wreaths placed at Veterans Ridge at Circle Cemetery as part of Wreaths Across America.
Pictured are some of the wreaths placed at Veterans Ridge at Circle Cemetery as part of Wreaths Across America.
Selena Fox holds one of the 10 wreaths that were placed on grave sites of U.S. military veterans on Saturday. The wreaths arrived from Maine, where they were made and donated to participating cemeteries across the United States.
Selena Fox holds one of the 10 wreaths that were placed on grave sites of U.S. military veterans on Saturday. The wreaths arrived from Maine, where they were made and donated to participating cemeteries across the United States.
Brooke Bechen
Reporter/News and Features

On Saturday, December 14, 10 wreaths were laid on the grave markers of 10 U.S. military veterans with grave sites at Circle Cemetery, located outside of Barneveld in the Brigham Township. The wreaths were laid as part of Wreaths Across America, a non-profit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
On Saturday, wreaths were placed on grave markers of veterans in all 50 states and overseas, spanning over 900 private and public cemeteries, including Veterans Ridge at Circle Cemetery.
"We are glad to become a part of Wreaths Across America," Selena Fox, Circle Cemetery director said. "An important part of the work of Circle Cemetery always has been to honor our veterans and we are pleased to become a part of this nationwide program."
Circle Cemetery is part of the Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve, a non-profit Wiccan church and nature preserve dedicated to networking, community celebrations, spiritual healing and education. It was founded in 1974 by Fox.
Circle Sanctuary community member Roberta Stewart, whose husband was the first Wiccan soldier killed in action in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, helped make Circle Cemetery's participation in Wreaths Across America possible this year. Although she currently lives in Nevada, her husband's grave is here and was among those decorated with a wreath at Circle Cemetery on Saturday.
The interreligious wreath laying ceremony took place at noon to kick-off Circle Sanctuary's 'Happy Holidays' Interfaith Open House on December 14.
Circle Sanctuary also participated in Wisconsin's Annual Interfaith Awareness Week, where a display was created and shown at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Fox also spoke during the Capitol Celebration program on Friday, December 13.
The cemetery is the first "green" cemetery in Iowa County, and the first to participate in Wreaths Across America.
For more information about Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve and Circle Cemetery, please visit their website at circlesanctuary.org.























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