Following their earlier event, Mike Grobbel, president of the Polar Bear Memorial Association, places a wreath at the Four Freedoms Monument at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery.

[PBMA note: This wreath laying continues a tradition begun by the Polar Bear veterans on Memorial Day of 1949 following the dedication of the Four Freedoms Monument on VJ Day of the previous year. The remains of 322 WW II war dead were repartiated from overseas American military cemeteries and reburied  in front of this monument over a ten year period.  The WW I Polar Bear veterans incorporated this wreath laying into their annual Memorial Day ceremony to honor and remember the next generation of men and women who gave their lives in serivce to our country.


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