“Wreaths across America” Honors Fallen Heroes at Cabot High School

Posted on 12/12/2014

Dec.12, 2014

It was an emotional ceremony as several families of fallen heroes were honored in a “Wreaths across America” ceremony. It was held Friday morning at Cabot High School in Panther Arena.

Two trailer loads of memorial wreaths were relayed through the Searcy Walmart Distribution Center and brought to Cabot High School. Several families whose loved ones paid the ultimate sacrifice were honored with memorial wreaths. These heroes are former Cabot students. 

Army Sergeant Jason M. Swindle, 24, assigned to U.S. Army, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Div, Fort Stewart, GA.  Army Sergeant Swindle died September 20, 2012 of injuries sustained when he was attacked by a rocket propelled grenade while on mounted patrol in Panjway, Afghanistan.

The Swindle family including wife Chelsey and sons Paxton and JJ attended.

Air Force Master Sergeant Daniel Ray Wassom II, 31, assigned to Arkansas Air National Guard’s 189th Airlift Wing. He died April 27, 2014 using his body to shield his 5-year-old daughter as a tornado demolished their house.

The Wassom family attended including mother Pam, sister Leolani, his grandmother and aunt.

Army Sergeant Brandon M. Smith, 24, assigned to U.S. Army 82nd Airborne, F.Co. 2-508 PIR 4th BCT Ft. Bragg, NC.  Army Sergeant Smith died March 15, 2011 of noncombat related injuries at Fort Bragg, NC.

His parents Holly and Bill Smith attended the ceremony.

Army Specialist Ronald W. Baker, 34, assigned to Army National Guard, 39th Support Battalion, Arkansas National Guard, Lonoke, AR. He died October 13, 2004 in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained on October 7th in a car bomb attack on his patrol vehicle in Taji, Iraq.

SPC Baker’s daughter Alexis accepted a wreath in honor of her father.

    

The ceremony culminated with the passing of a memorial wreath. It started with Walmart Searcy Driver Larry McCord. It was passed from veteran to veteran and ended with Walmart Clarksville driver, Wesley Bushnell whose son William Bushnell was killed while serving in Iraq in 2007. Mr. Bushnell is retiring and was presented with a plaque.

Walmart recognizes the sacrifices of our nation’s veterans and sponsors more than 30,000 wreaths. These wreaths will be laid at more than 900 national cemeteries worldwide.

    

After the ceremony, the two trailers filled with wreaths headed to the National Military Cemetery in Fayetteville. Saturday at 11 a.m., more than 8,200 wreaths will be laid in honor of our fallen heroes.


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Cabot Public Schools

Elementary Schools (Grades PreK-4)

Central Elementary
36 Pond Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3564
Fax: (501) 843-4503
Eastside Elementary
17 Bellamy Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3563
Fax: (501) 843-5619
Magness Creek Elementary
16150 Arkansas Hwy 5, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3565
Fax: (501) 843-7567
Mountain Springs Elementary
3620 Mountain Springs
Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3575
Fax: (501) 605-1300
Northside Elementary
814 West Locust Street,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3568
Fax: (501) 843-6032
Southside Elementary
2600 South Pine Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3567
Fax: (501) 843-6229
Stagecoach Elementary
850 South Stagecoach Road,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3574
Fax: (501) 605-1221
Ward Central Elementary
1570 Wilson Loop Road,
Ward, AR 72176
(501) 743-3569
Fax: (501) 843-9744
Westside Elementary
1701 South Second Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3566
Fax: (501) 843-5802

High School (Grades 10-12)

Cabot High School
401 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 843-3562
Fax: (501) 843-4231

Academic Center of Excellence
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Academic Center of Excellence
21 Funtastic Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3520
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Cabot Freshman Academy
18 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3576
Fax: (501) 941-1505

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Cabot Learning Academy
813 West Locust, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3540
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Special Programs

404 North 2nd Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 743-3543
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602 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR 72023
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Middle Schools (Grades 5-6)

Cabot Middle School North
1900 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3571
Fax: (501) 605-0413

Cabot Middle School South
2555 Kerr Station Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3570
Fax: (501) 941-7432

Junior High Schools
(Grades 7-8)

Cabot Junior High North
38 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3572
Fax: (501) 605-8472

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38 Panther Trail, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3573
Fax: (501) 941-7746