Monday, December 13, 2010

Wreaths Across America

I had the honor of taking part in Wreaths Across America this past weekend. I live 5 minutes away from a National Veteran's Cemetery where they have a wreath laying ceremony each year during Christmas time. A ceremony took place prior to the wreath laying that was outstanding. Veterans from each of the Armed Forces hung a wreath on the flag of their branch of the military. Dignitaries gave speeches that made me cry and the American Flag was all around and displayed with honor. I always feel proud to live in this great nation but never more so than Saturday morning. It was incredible. There were veterans there from WWII, Vietnam, Korea, the Gulf War and active duty military who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was incredible how many people had served in three wars. After the ceremony at about 10:00, we walked over and began laying fresh wreaths on over 7,000 gravesites. There were a few hundred volunteers and believe it or not, by 10:45 we were done. I stood with three wreaths in my hands and no where to lay them! I was able to physically lay down about 15-20 wreaths. It was great to see the young, the old and tons of families out doing their part to remember these veterans and their families. I didn't bring my dslr with me so these were taken with my iphone. Next year, I plan to bring my nice camera and capture pictures of the ceremony and the wreaths because it was quite an incredible site. I drove past the cemetery yesterday and was in awe of how festive it looked. They clean up the wreaths in January and I plan to be there to help with that as well. This is going to be a annual tradition for me and I hope you will click on the link above, find a veterans cemetery near you and give your time to this amazing cause.

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