Thanks to the Xaverian Key Club, Wreaths Across America – the national movement that sees volunteers and communities coming together to remember the nation’s fallen by funding wreaths for the graves of veterans – was commemorated at the borough’s smallest cemetery on Dec. 14.
Barkaloo Cemetery, which shares a block with the co-ed Bay Ridge high school, is home to two headstones that mark where Revolutionary War soldiers were buried over 250 years ago.
The small, grassy site is renowned as a local landmark.
With help from the community and support from local elected officials like state Sen. Marty Golden, Xaverian students worked hard to raise funds to ensure that the cemetery would be adorned in wreaths – and that those who served to protect America’s freedoms will never be forgotten.
Barkaloo was one of almost 1,500 participating locations where volunteers placed wreaths.
“We are forever grateful for the thousands of supporters who dedicate their time and effort to fulfilling our mission on a local level,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America. “These individuals and their communities know the value of remembering the fallen, honoring those who currently serve and teaching the next generation about the sacrifices made for our freedom every day, and without their continued support, Wreaths Across America would not exist.”
National Wreaths Across America Day took place on Sat., Dec. 15, and saw more than one million volunteers.
Barkaloo Cemetery is located at 34 Mackay Place. Xaverian High School is located at 7100 Shore Road. For more information on Wreaths Across America, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.