News: Army Reserve hosts wreath-laying ceremony for President Grover Cleveland
Story by Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris
PRINCETON, N.J. - The Army Reserve’s 99th Regional Support Command will host a wreath-laying ceremony at President Grover Cleveland’s grave site.
Scheduled to speak at the event are:
-Brig. Gen. Mikey Kloster, commanding general of the Army Reserve’s 98th Training Division
-Honorable Liz Lempert, mayor of Princeton
-Mr. Bob Maguire, civilian aide to the secretary of the Army for New Jersey
When: Monday, March 18 at 11 a.m.
Where: The Princeton Cemetery, 29 Greenview Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542
Background: For many years, the White House Military Office has been responsible for coordinating the annual placement of presidential wreaths at the tombs and resting places of former presidents, other famous Americans and at certain memorials of historical significance (i.e., Benjamin Franklin, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, mast of the USS Maine, Spanish War Memorial, Pan Am Flight 103 Memorial).
Prior to August 1966, there was no particular pattern to the list that was maintained, and examination of the files reveal that the occasions were built up over the years upon the request of various private and public organizations that were interested in particular dates.
The repeated placement of a number of these wreaths through the years led to the development of the "President's Approved Wreath List" approved by President Johnson Aug. 11, 1966, and further expanded with the passing of additional former presidents.
Interested news organizations are invited. Working journalists should have photo ID. Please RSVP no later than 5 p.m., Sunday, March 17. For additional information, contact the 99th Regional Support Command Public Affairs Office at 732-773-3026.