Saturday, December 12, 2009

Wreaths Across America 2009 at Staunton National Cemetery,Staunton,VA


Once again, my husband and I were privileged to attend the wreath laying ceremony for Wreaths Across America at Staunton National Cemetery in Staunton, VA which is about a half hour south of us.
My husband Tony took the pictures, I have them posted on Flickr ( but since my Photostream changes) I also have a link to the photo album of the pics on Facebook
The ceremony as always was moving, and the Civil Air Patrol again did a good job of being in charge of the ceremony.
The good folks from area VFW's donated 850 wreaths! so this was the first year since Wreaths Across America went local that the entire cemetery was blanketed with wreaths after the initial ceremony laying wreaths for each of the service branches, and in honor of the POW/MIA's.
(quite a difference from the very first year the wreath laying went local, when there were only 6 wreaths on the graves.)
A lot of folks showed up......everyone from veterans to active duty service members, to the Boy Scouts and the ladies of the VFW's.
After the ceremony, everyone pitched in to start placing the wreaths.......quietly, and reverently.
This ceremony is always a beautiful way to honor and remember those who have served our country and given their lives while doing so.
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