They say a person dies twice: once when they take their final breath, and later, the last time their name is spoken.
“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,” says Karen Worcester, Executive Director of Wreaths Across America. “It’s a small act that goes a long way toward keeping the memory of our veterans alive.”
On Saturday, December 16, 2017, a total of 1,422 locations nationwide in laying a total of 1,565,000 wreaths at the graves of our nations soldiers.
It was Kimberly Waddell, Serves Coach for Fort Belvoir, first time participating with Wreaths Across America.Waddell says it didn’t take long for it to sink in with her that the tradition is “so much more than just placing wreaths on grave stones.”
“The experience was so much more than I thought it would be,” said Waddell. “Not just for me, but for my children. It was an amazing opportunity to remember and honor the veterans buried in that hallowed ground. As I read the name of each veteran for whom we placed a wreath, I was able to teach my children to respect their service, our history and our freedom,” Waddell said.
Of the nearly 500 truckloads of wreaths that were transported all across the country, volunteers from Heart On A Mission volunteered in a combined total of 9 locations, with a total of 153 volunteers, and a total of 434.5 hours volunteered.
“Without volunteers, Wreaths Across America as an organization would not exist,” said Amber Caron, Public Relations Director for Wreaths Across America. “The organization is primarily made up of dedicated volunteers across the country, including the Executive Director and Chairman of the Board, who take no salaries. Wreaths Across America has grown across this nation because of those volunteers who have brought it to their communities and fostered the mission to Remember – Honor – Teach.”