Guilford veterans to be honoredat wreath-laying

Merton D. Norman, along with other Guilford veterans, will be honored during a wreath-laying ceremony Dec. 21.

GUILFORD — Merton D. Norman, along with other Guilford veterans, will be honored during a wreath-laying ceremony Dec. 21.

Norman enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1947, when was 17 years old. He was discharged when the Korean War ended in 1953.

He is one of over 1,100 veterans, buried in the seven local cemeteries, including Alder Brook, Bluff Head, Leete’s Island, North Guilford, Nut Plains, St. George and West Side.

Norman was stationed in Key West, Fla. as a Torpedoman's Mate. While aboard the USS Antietam and the USS Valley Forge, he was assigned to aviation ordinance, responsible for loading the rockets and bombs onto the planes and reloading the guns in the wings. Norman was 88 years old when he died in 2018. He is buried in St. George Cemetery.

The public is invited to attend the second annual Ethan Miller Song Wreaths Across Guilford ceremony Saturday, Dec. 21, beginning at 2 p.m. at Alder Brook Cemetery, 409 Boston St., Guilford. (http://bit.ly/2BOgbdi)

Following the ceremony, volunteers will distribute wreaths throughout the seven cemeteries.

The idea for Wreaths Across Guilford originated with Kristin Song, who said that after the accidental shooting death of her son, Ethan, on Jan. 31, 2018, she realized that his dream of participating in Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery would never happen.

A fundraising campaign is ongoing to raise funds to purchase the wreaths. To make a donation, contact Steve Spurrell, email: sspurrell@pagetaft.com or 203-627-4404 or visit songstrong.org.

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