Christmas is nearly upon us. Millions of Americans are rushing to make preparations. Gifts will be wrapped. Turkeys will be cooked. Cookies will be devoured. But this time of year is also notable for one cherished tradition.
Many people give to worthy causes this season. Perhaps you have given to the Salvation Army outside your grocery store. Numerous groups rely on your generosity to do good at Christmas.
But there is one you may not have heard of. This group works to honor our veterans. This year they have been stunned by an overflow of kindness. Thanks to Americans, over 1.5 million tombstones of fallen veterans were decorated for the season.
Over 1.5 million wreaths will be placed at veterans’ resting sites this weekend across 1,400 cemeteries by Wreaths Across America, a charitable organization founded by Karen Worcester…
“Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) that has a mission to remember the fallen and honor those that serve, and most importantly, to teach our kids and the next generation the value of freedom and to help prepare them to be the next generation that steps up to be the caretakers of freedom and make sure that this gift is protected that we’ve been given,” said Worcester…
Officially launching in 2005 via viral photograph, Worcester originally began placing wreaths at veterans’ graves in 1992 when she and her husband used surplus wreaths from their Christmas wreath business…
Wreaths Across America’s volunteers are encouraged to say aloud the names of the veterans at whose graves they lay wreaths…
“Remember, Honor, and Teach,” amounts to Wreaths Across America’s stated mission on its website.
“We encourage every volunteer who places a wreath on a veteran’s grave to say that veteran’s name aloud and take a moment to thank them for their service to our country. It’s a small act that goes a long way toward keeping the memory of our veterans alive,”
This is a simple tradition, but it is vitally important. Each grave is there for us. Those men and women died so we can celebrate Christmas. Their sacrifices ensured our freedom.
The outpouring of wreaths was amazing this year. People donated their time and money to help. Across the country, the graves of American heroes weren’t neglected.
This is a special way to honor our veterans. Hopefully the trend will continue with each passing year.