I know that a lot of people are unaware of Wreaths Across America, especially if you don't have a loved one in a Veterans Cemetery. I was reading an article in The Virginian Pilot and thought perhaps you'd like to learn a little more about this moving tribute.
- Here in Suffolk, Va. the wreaths are purchased by donations.
- This year there were 5, 800 bought at the Worcester Wreath Company (I think that is in Maine, but I am not sure. Somewhere in the New England area.)
- A volunteer drives the 18-wheeler from the plant to a warehouse in Suffolk.
- Ten wreaths are packed in each cardboard box and must be removed and 'fluffed'.
- Besides the fluffing that must be done, each red bow must be straightened.
- The next day the wreaths are transported to the cemetery by the 18-wheeler.
- Family members are allowed to place a wreath on their own loved ones grave
- Volunteers, hundreds of them, complete the task.
- This is followed by a ceremony with music, a speech and other activities.
- Finally, the crowd is led across the cemetery with a bagpiper in lead.
- Wreaths are placed on a few chosen graves. Taps is played.
If you haven't attended one of these wreath-laying ceremonies, I suggest that you go next year. It will move you to tears, change your life in many ways, and what a great way to start off the Christmas season.