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Wreaths Across America ceremony – Sparta Independent news article

By Mandy Coriston

Newton – The public is invited to a Wreaths Across America ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Old Newton Burial Ground in Newton. Slated to begin at noon, this one-hour tribute, sponsored by the Sussex County Historical Society, will include laying wreaths on the graves of 41 veterans and one female “patriot,” full military honors by American Legion Post 86, and remarks from local historians and preservationists, notably Sussex County Historian Wayne McCabe and members of Harmony Lodge 8 F&AM and the Sons of the American Revolution.

Wendy Wyman, Sussex County Historical Society trustee and event chair, said the ceremony will serve as a remembrance of the veterans entombed at the cemetery. “There’s a quote that Wreaths Across America uses,” she said, “that reads ‘It is said a person dies twice- first when we stop breathing, and again, when our name is said for the last time’. This is all about the veterans, and it’s important that we read their names so that we don’t forget them.”

This is the first year the Old Newton Burial Ground has hosted a formal public Wreaths Across America ceremony, and Wyman is hopeful that people will come out and discover the history the cemetery has to offer. “This event for everyone,” she said, “I’d love for people to bring their children, so we can begin to pass the knowledge on to younger people.”

The Old Newton Burial Ground is maintained by volunteers from the Sussex County Historical Society and holds public events three times a year. The footpath to access the cemetery is located between 75 and 79 Main Street in Newton, across from the Hill Memorial Museum, and is marked with a wood and iron sign. For more information, email event chair Wendy Wyman at wmzwyman@hotmail.com or see the Sussex County Historical Society’s website at www.sussexhistory.org.

Wreaths Across America is a national initiative whose motto is “Remember. Honor. Teach.” Each year, wreaths are laid to honor our veterans at Arlington National Cemetery and more than 1,400 cemeteries at home and abroad. Information on sponsoring a wreath or participating in a ceremony can be found online at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

What: Wreaths Across America Ceremony.

Where: The Old Newton Burial Ground, 75-79 Main St, Newton.

When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

Who: Sponsored by the Sussex County Historical Society.

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GL Speakers Bureau


The Grand Lodge Education committee has established a Speakers Bureau which consists of New Jersey Masons who are able and willing to share Masonic Light with you and your brethren. These speakers will surely bring positive energy as well as enlightenment to your Lodge, and their topics will make for a great program. Remember, in this time and age, where work hours are long and life obligations are mounting, Masonic meetings compete for members’ time; therefore, the programs and Masonic experiences we provide at our Lodges must be worthwhile for a member to take time out of his busy life to come out to Lodge.

We urge you to review this list and take advantage of what the Speakers Bureau has to offer. The topics are wide and broad in nature and would appeal to various interest groups. Remember that every candidate at the Altar said he most desires Light, so let’s work together on providing our members what they joined Freemasonry for.

To receive a copy of the GL Speakers Bureau please contact me at mayatim@gmail.com

Sincerely and Fraternally yours,

RW Mohamad Yatim, GEO
Atlas Pythagoras No. 10

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Masonic service for WB Art Copcutt


Arrangements for viewing and a Masonic service for WB Art Copcutt have been set.  It is this Friday (9/21) at Smith-McCracken Funeral Home. The viewing will be from 11:15 am until 12 pm with a Masonic service to follow.  The procession will then proceed to Tranquility Cemetery in Green Township.  Afterward, there will be a reception at Harmony Lodge.

Respectfully and Fraternally,
Chris Bailey

Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High St
Newton, NJ 07860

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