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  • January 5, 2012 -

    Kaplan University Participates in Wreaths Across America

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    Members of the Kaplan University military support center gathered December 10 at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Florida for Wreaths Across America, an event held annually to honor fallen service personnel.

    Several hundred attendees laid wreaths on soldiers’ graves and heard speeches from Representative Allen West (R-Fla.) and Civil Air Patrol Colonel Buddy Harris. The ceremony featured performances by marching groups, bagpipe and drum corps, and military bands,

    For the Kaplan University team, the trip took on special significance. The outing was a tribute to US Army Corporal William Long, brother of KU Veterans Certifying Official Aaron Cordner, who organized the trip. William died in the line of duty in Iraq on June 17, 2005.

    “The ceremony was inspirational with speakers from all walks of military life,” said Ann Hickman, Director of Financial Aid for the military team. “But the most impressive part of the morning was being able to take part in actually placing wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers. This time in the cemetery made me realize, even more, the important work we are doing at Kaplan to educate our soldiers to ease their transition into civilian life.”

    In addition to Ann and Aaron, staff members Kristin Fitzpatrick, Christopher Campbell, Jonelle Newman, and Gary Newton & family participated in the ceremony.

    “Next year, we hope to have even more representation from the Kaplan community,” Ann said.

    Wreaths Across America takes place on the second Saturday of December each year in 498 cemeteries throughout the world. It commemorates soldiers from all five branches of the military who have lost their lives in service to their country.

    For more information on the Wreaths Across America charity, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

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