Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wreaths Across America (what are you doing Saturday?)
"What started over 17 years ago, as one's man's dream to honor Veterans with Maine wreaths for the holidays, has become an annual event cherished by many. "
This Saturday, Dec. 13, at noon
at Arlington National Cemetery,
and at National Cemeteries across the country,
there will be wreath -laying ceremonies to place wreaths on the headstones of our Nation's fallen heroes.
Merrill Worcester, president of Worcester Wreath Company in Maine, started donating and laying wreaths at Arlington 17 years ago, and two years ago, he and the Worcester Wreath Company expanded the program to other National Cemeteries across the country.
If you've never heard about this, the website for Wreaths Across America is here
My husband and I got involved in this two years ago, when as members of the Patriot Guard Riders we participated in the first wreath-laying ceremony at Staunton National Cemetery
(and Lt. Greg Sykes of the Augusta Composite Group of the Civil Air Patrol has done a wonderful job these last few years of making the ceremony happen.)
This is a slide-show I did of pictures from the 2007 Wreaths Across America ceremony in Staunton,VA.
This year (weather permitting,there's possible flooding or alternatively,snow, in our current forecast) it looks like Tony and I will be going to Arlington
to help in the wreath-laying.
If you'd like to see whether there is a ceremony on Saturday near your area? the list of participating locations is Here
This is a very meaningful and moving way to remember and honor our fallen heroes for the Holidays, and to honor and remember their families. If you have a chance, please get involved in a ceremony near you.