Wednesday, November 11, 2009

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In Honor of Veteran's Day

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - Ronald Reagan - 40th United States President (1911 – 2004)

In honor of Veteran's Day we would like to take a special moment to thank all the men and women who currently serve our country in the military and to all of those who have fallen in the line of duty.

Our blessings and prayers go out to all military families on this honorable day.
We also wanted to let you know about a wonderful tradition that has been started at Arlington National Cemetary. It is called Wreaths Across America.

The following is taken from the Wreaths Across America website:
Wreaths Across America, a non profit 501-c3 organization, was formed as an extension of the Arlington Wreath Project. The Arlington Wreath program was started by Morrill Worcester (Worcester Wreath) of Maine in 1992 with the donation and laying of 5000 Christmas wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery. This became an annual journey for Mr. Worcester. Read more about this in the History of Arlington.

It was relatively obscure until 2005 when a photo of the stones adorned with wreaths and covered in snow circulated around the internet. The project received National attention. Thousands of requests poured in from all over the country from people wanting to emulate the Arlington project at their National and State cemeteries spurred the creation of “Wreaths Across America”. Unable to donate thousands of wreaths to each state, Mr. Worcester conceived the idea of sending 7 wreaths (one for each branch of the military as well as POW/MIA). In 2006 with the help of the CAP and other civic organizations, over 150 locations held wreath laying ceremonies simultaneously.

The Patriot Guard Riders volunteered as escort for the wreaths going to Arlington. This began the annual “Veterans Honor Parade” that travels the east coast in early December.
By 2007 the requests for more wreaths grew. The Worcester family established the non-profit group Wreaths Across America to further promote Veterans remembrance. The mission Remember, Honor and Teach characterized the projects goals perfectly.
Cadet Saluting
By 2008 over 300 locations held wreath laying ceremonies in every state, Puerto Rico and 24 over seas cemeteries. Over 100,000 wreaths were placed on veterans graves. Over 60,000 volunteers participated.

WAA reached out to thousands of children with the message of Remember, Honor and Teach. The importance of honoring each fallen serviceman as an individual is stressed.

The wreath laying is now held annually on the second Saturday of December. December 13, 2008 was unanimously voted by the US Congress as “Wreaths Across America Day”. Wreaths Across America would not be successful without the help of the volunteers, many active organizations and the generosity of the trucking industry.
We collectively thank our military and their families for “Our Freedom”!

10 comments:

Emily said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful story!

Crystal said...

What a beautiful tradition to help us honor those who have fought. I love the quote from Ronald Reagan.

Crystal

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Jenney said...

What a lovely tradition. May everyone remember those who have fought so hard for our freedom.

Julie B. said...

Thanks for posting this story. My FIL is actually buried at Arlington, but neither my husband or I were aware of this tradition. Thank you, it's comforting to know.

ONCE upon a time.... said...

Thank you so much for your support of military veterans. My hubby is actually currently deployed and I have never appreciated Veterans' Day as much as I do this year.....my heart swells with pride for my husband (and other veterans) when I see posts like this! Thank you, thank you, thank you! --camille

ONCE upon a time.... said...

PS. This picture and the tradition of the wreaths is beautiful.....brings tears to my eyes! --camille

Lisa said...

What a beautiful picture!

Arizona Girl said...

It makes me happy that ya'll are so openly supportive of our military. It seems to be so unpopular these days, and that makes it harder on those families who are sacrificing.

TheClothDiaperWhisperer said...

My husband has been in the military for 27+ years. I am so very thankful and grateful to all our military men and women who have served and are serving. Also, sending blessings to the families as well.

Jaydensgrandma said...

What a beautiful story.
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