Gold Star Families Remembering Fallen Heroes with Wreaths Across America (video)

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFPN) -- Christmas wreaths adorn head stones at Arlington National Cemetery.  The 14th annual wreath laying event is the result of Worcester Wreath Company's owner Morrill Worcester's, childhood dream of doing something to honor those laid to rest in the national cemetery. More than 5,000 donated wreaths were placed by volunteers this year.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jim Varhegyi)

On a rainy and freezing December day, thousands turn up to help Wreaths Across America honor veterans and fallen heroes by laying pine laurels on gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery.

Wreaths Across America is a charitable organization and an education program, “teaching about the lives and sacrifices of those that have given us this freedom,” says Karen Worcester, Executive Director. She added, “There are more than 1.2 million wreaths en route to locations where veterans are buried all over the country, with incredible teams of drivers getting these wreaths out to be placed by more than a million volunteers,” as reported by Breitbart News on Friday.

Over 44,000 Gold Star family members attended this annual event at the Arlington National Cemetery Saturday as a way to cope with the loss of their loved ones and to help lay nearly 245,000 wreaths on burial sites.

Stars and Stripes reports:

Army Sgt. Chad Longell came to Arlington on Saturday to spend time with two fallen Marines – Master Sgt. Thomas Saunders and Staff Sgt. Andrew C. Seif – who served together in Afghanistan and were killed when a helicopter crashed off the Florida coast in 2015. Longell made this statement, “It’s nice to be able to come here and be able to feel like you’re celebrating Christmas with the ones you miss, the ones who can’t come home.”

 

 







 

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