December 17th- Wreaths Placed for the Fallen
Today, December 17th, volunteers laid thousands of wreaths in remembrance of the fallen all across the country. The organization that works to do this every year is Wreaths Across America. It was an outpouring of support and respect for those who have given their lives in service our nation.
There are about 1200 locations across the United States that participate in the laying of the wreaths. The organization also lays wreaths at American cemeteries on foreign soil. Their website says that if your military cemetery isn’t on their location list, you can contact them and get it put there.
Small Town in Washington
In the small town of Orting, Washington this morning at 9 a.m., 300 volunteers set out 1,266 wreaths at the Soldier’s Home Cemetery. Last year they placed 147 wreaths. Every gravestone was covered with the remembrance.
“We are humbled by the outpouring of support that helped ensure that no headstone stood uncovered this year at Washington State Soldiers Home Cemetery. Restore America Club and American Gold Star Mothers Washington State partnered together last year to perform the 1st Ceremony and place 147 remembrance wreaths. This year, thanks to the support of many, we will be joined in this sacred place by many veterans, volunteers and family members keeping our promise of remembrance and paying tribute on behalf of a grateful nation.” Graham Hunt, Restore America Club
Numerous organizations participated: “American Gold Star Mothers Washington State, Restore America Club, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter 11-4, Auburn Noon Lions Club and other organizations around the state such as Interstate Trucking who not only delivers the wreaths but who made sure every headstone would be covered.”
The above 3 photos from the Washington cemetery were provided by Graham Hunt and Adina Hicks.
Wreaths Across America
The WAA organization has an annual convoy that goes from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery, and stops at schools along the way in an effort to show children the value of freedom.
The balsam wreaths are composed of 10 thoughts. Faith, love, strength, honesty, humility, ambitions, optimism, concern, pride, hopes and dreams. The Evergreens in the wreath symbolize longevity and endurance. The red bow, great sacrifice. The scent is simplicity and purity, and the circular shape stands for eternity.
The meaningful, concerted effort of this organization and those who partner with it across America is a special acknowledgment of fallen military members. It is a strong reminder to all that Freedom isn’t free.