Pearl Harbor victim honored as part of Minot's 'Wreaths Across America'

MINOT Minot laid wreaths at the graves of fallen veterans at Rosehill Memorial Cemetery Saturday as part of ‘Wreaths Across America.’

Organizers held a special ceremony at Vincent United Methodist Church, where they presented an honorary wreath for each branch of the U.S. military, along with music, prayer, a rifle salute, and the playing of taps, before heading to the cemetery to place the wreaths at the tombstones.

They managed to sponsor more than 930 wreaths this year, many more than last year's event.

“Remember, we are not here today to decorate graves. We are here to remember, not their deaths, but their lives. Each wreath is a gift of appreciation from a grateful America,” said Richard Reuer, the organizer of Minot’s ‘Wreaths Across America.’

Bill Fecho received an honorary wreath in honor of his uncle Lawrence Fecho, a North Dakota native who was killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.