A beautiful display was showcased in Middletown, Connecticut last week, and just in time for Christmas. Friends and families were so grateful for another year with Wreaths Across America who came to lay wreaths at the graves of soldiers.
Wreaths Across America is a national program that pays tribute to our veterans to ensure they are remembered and honored during the holiday season. Until this year, they were never able to raise enough donations to collect wreaths for all the veterans buried in Middletown’s cemetery in the ten years they had been coming. This year volunteers were able to collect 9,600 wreaths, and it is quite an elegant site to see. Some families came early to put unique wreaths on grave stones which made the whole cemetery that much more beautiful.
Wreaths Across America says this is much more than decorating a grave, it’s about remembering the lives lost. John Casey, a Vietnam veteran and also co captain of the Patriot Guard Riders in Connecticut stated; “When you go to each grave and you put it down, you read out their name so that when you say the name you remember that person.”
The event was filled with a record number of volunteers, making it a wonderfully moving and magnificent day for everyone who took part, and for all veterans being honored this Christmas season.