The memory of Lance Corporal Anthony Roberts of Bear, who was killed in Anbar Province in Iraq in 2004, will be honored today as Wreaths Across America comes to Middletown.
Wreaths Across America is a volunteer effort to place an estimated 400-thousand wreaths at the graves of veterans in all 50 states. Representatives of the group are placing a commemorative wreath at the base of a cherry tree bearing Anthony Roberts’ name, which was decidated outside of Middletown High School on Veterans Day 2004. Representatives of the Delaware National Guard and a number of elected officials, including Attorney General Beau Biden and Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn, are expected to attend today’s event (8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.). Anthony’s mother, Emma Roberts, is also expected to be there. The Senate has declared Saturday “Wreaths Across America Day,” as wreaths will be placed at the grave sites of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.