Civil Air Patrol

Martin squadron participated in wreath-laying salute to veterans

Middle River, Md. – Members of Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol’s Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron are proud to partner once more with Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization that recognizes U.S. military veterans who have guarded and preserved America’s freedom by placing remembrance wreaths on the graves of the fallen during the year-end holiday season.

Members of Martin squadron and other local organizations participated in the wreath laying at Holly Hill Memorial Gardens.Cadet Lt Col Michael Gentle conducted the ceremony, along with C/LtCol Bart Bartgis, C/Capt Wyatt Hartman and Maj Earl Williams. Wreaths were placed for the Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Army, Merchant Marine and a special wreath for all POW’s at the memorial. A member from each branch was available for the ceremony. The color guard posted the colors prior to the ceremony that took place at noon. The color guard consisted of C/2nd. Lt. Thomas Burke,C/MSgt Sierra Kikas, C/SMSgt Steven Williams and C/TSgt Joshua Cogar.

“Civil Air Patrol takes pride in honoringthose who have served our country,” said Lt. Col. J.D. Ellis, CAP’s 2014national Wreaths Across America coordinator. “This is our way of expressing ourappreciation and paying tribute for the sacrifices made for our country by our servicemenand women.”

By placing remembrance wreaths on the graves of military veterans during the holiday season, Wreaths Across America and Civil Air Patrol seek to remember, honor and teach others about the courage and sacrifices of U.S. veterans who have served in the Armed forces. Wreaths Across America culminates this year on Dec. 13 with an estimated 20,000 volunteers placing up to 227,000 wreaths on grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery and many of Arlington’s memorials, including the Tomb of the Unknowns. Simultaneous ceremonies will be held throughout the day at more than 1,000 veterans’ cemetery or war memorial sites in all 50 states, as well as 25 foreign locations.Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 60,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. Performing missions for America for over 70 years, CAP will soon receive the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit and for more information.


Nearly 1,500 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions.The wing was credited with five finds and one life saved. Maryland Wing flew 32missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,106 hours in all missioncategories. Volunteers contributed services estimated at 4.6 million dollars.For more information, contact the Maryland Wing at or follow the wing on Facebook at

The Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron meets every Thursday from 6:45PM – 9PM at Martin State Airport. For information, visit,follow us on Facebook at or contact the squadron at




Originally posted posted Jan 8, 2015, 3:09 PM

Maj. Earl Williams, CAP

Squadron Commander

Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron