Farmington veterans remembered this holiday season

U. S. Army Sgt. E5 Jessie Cobas stood in full dress uniform at the grave of U. S. Navy World War II veteran William W. Holdforth.

Laying an east-facing wreath by his marker, Cobas spoke Holdforth’s name out loud, thanking him for his service with a solemn salute and moment of silence.

The veteran and her 4-year-old daughter, Isabelle, were among some 30 residents Saturday at South Farmington Cemetery and thousands nationwide who laid wreaths on veterans’ graves as part of National Wreaths Across America Day.

Cobas is a veteran, having served from 2010 to 2018 in the 112th Signal Battalion (Special Operations) (Airborne) at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, and abroad. Her husband is deployed to Afghanistan, and she’s unsure when he’ll return.

“I’ve been wanting to help out where I can,” the Avon resident said when she reached out to take part in Saturday’s ceremony in Farmington.

Cobas joined Farmington Amvets Post 332 Commander Ed Hemminger and six other area veterans who, at the stroke of noon, laid wreaths in memory of those who served and are serving in each branch of the armed forces, or who are listed as prisoners of war or missing in action.

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