Every December, volunteers lay wreaths internationally on veterans’ graves for National Wreaths Across America Day.
To raise money for Wreaths Across America, Southlawn Cemetery and Mausoleum, 4524 Whiskey Road, will host the 2015 Fall Cake and Pie Bake-Off on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Entries are $10 and are due by 11 a.m. Saturday; all proceeds benefit Wreaths Across America.
First-, second- and third-place prizes will be given.
There will also be a light chili lunch.
Aiken resident and veteran Anthony Venetz has participated in Wreaths Across America since at least 2013, in honor of his son Sgt. First Class Anthony Venetz Jr., who passed away in 2011 from injuries caused by a noncombat-related incident in Afghanistan.
This year, Venetz has been spearheading local efforts to raise money so that wreaths can be laid on veterans’ graves in Aiken County.
Southlawn Cemetery and Mausoleum will participate in the National Wreaths Across America Day at 11 a.m. Dec. 12.
Also participating will be Wade Hampton Veterans Park, on the 300 Block of Georgia Avenue, North Augusta, where the ceremony is hosted by the American Legion Post 71 and will be held at noon.
The cost is $15 to sponsor a wreath, and donations can be made by calling Venetz at 803-648-5885 or Southlawn Cemetery and Mausoleum at 803-641-4800, emailing Venetz at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailing checks made out to Wreaths Across America to 5192 Charnwood Forest Circle, Aiken, SC 29803.
The deadline for donations is Nov. 25.
For more information on the bake-off, call Southlawn Cemetery and Mausoleum at 803-641-4800.
Stephanie Turner graduated from Valdosta State University in 2012. She then signed on with the Aiken Standard, where she is now the features reporter. She primarily covers health topics, arts and entertainment, authors and restaurants.
Editor’s Note: The ceremony hosted by the American Legion Post 71 will be held at the Wade Hampton Veterans Park in North Augusta. The Aiken Standard regrets this error.