|Honoring America’s Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen|
12/12/2011 - David Mower
Wreaths Across America Day was this past December 10th when thousands of ordinary American men, women and children visited Veteran Cemeteries across the county dedicating and laying wreaths at the tombstones of those whose service to these Untied State shall be forever remembered.
||The Wreaths Across American project is a nonprofit organization begun by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, in 1992, founded to continue and expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. The event is carried out by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies nation-wide on the second Saturday of December at Arlington, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. The cost of wreaths is paid by individual wreaths sponsors, corporate donors and volunteer truckers.|
|Anyone can participate in the annual wreath laying event at Arlington or any of the more than 500 veteran cemeteries across the country. We drove up to Arlington this year. Our son, Michael, is buried there in Section 60. He died in 1992 while on active duty with the 82 Airborne at Fort Campbell KY. The Wreaths Across America program has been honoring our warriors for almost twenty years, but only in the past few years has it gain notoriety.
||Our daughter, who lives in Springfield VA, participated last year. We went this year based on that experience. Bad idea. The word has gotten out. A huge crowd (estimated by the WaPo as 15,000) of prospective wreath layers had turned out to place 90,000 wreaths on the headstone at Arlington National Cemetery.|
|Where last year she was able to get there about 8:00 AM and drive right in, this year, we met the back up at just past the Pentagon and finally had to abandon our car to our daughter and walk the wreath laying location. (Our daughter eventually showed up in time to pick us up and drive us home.)