The annual country-wide Wreaths Across America Day memorial ceremony was held Saturday at Alexandria National Cemetery. Community members and military members gathered at Alexandria National Cemetery Saturday, December 16, 2017 for the ceremony, where there are 5,000 gravestones. Alexandria National Cemetery is an active cemetery and one of the oldest national cemeteries in the nation, if not the oldest, based on 1862 Congressional legislation. Check out the video from the event above submitted by a reader.
The Alexandria ceremony was organized again this year by VFW Post 609 under the leadership of Post Commander Bill Jones. Local residents, veterans groups, local Scout troops and others braved frigid temperatures to partake in the event. Mr. Jones said they had the largest number of wreath donations (more than 2,900 wreaths were donated – 5,000 are needed for the site) at the Alexandria cemetery and the largest number of volunteers this year.
The Wreaths Across America ceremony is an annual country-wide event held to insure that no veteran is forgotten during the holiday season. Approximately 800,000 volunteers across the country and across the globe gathered to lay an estimated 850,000 wreaths in honor of the fallen heroes on Wreaths Across America Day.
At all Wreaths Across America events, volunteers are asked to take wreaths one by one to grave sites throughout the cemetery, place them and say the veteran’s name aloud to honor his or her service.
Post Commander Jones said the point of the ceremony and the mission of Wreaths Across America is to remember service members and what they did for the country, honor the time they gave, and teach future generations to respect the military and their sacrifices.
All the wreaths are either donated or sponsored, which help make the ceremony possible.
To sponsor a wreath, visit this link.
(Video via Jorge Kulionis, on YouTube)