Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, groups across the globe coordinate with wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,100 additional locations in all of the 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.
It was such an incredible way to remember, honor and pay respect to those who have served before us. Being in a military family, this was an event that brought along with it many emotions. We each were given a beautiful, live wreath with a vibrant red bow. We chose our spot, knelt down and I read the names and dates to the kids. We spent a moment in silence…and then we each prayed for the person represented by the wreath we had.
This event takes place shortly after the anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor here on Oahu. This put an even more special aspect to atmosphere that day. Seeing so many men and women in uniform participating made this event so honest and so very real…
It was seeing so many of these gravestones marked “unknown US Soldier”, that brought up the most emotion…
After paying our respects, we turned around to leave and had this view as a memory we will hold in our hearts forever.
Although the wreaths were just a symbol of our love and respect for those buried below, we will never forget their ultimate sacrifice and will be forever grateful.
I know the kids and I will participate again this December. If you would like to make a donation to this event scheduled for December 16, 2017, please do so here: https://wreaths.fastport.com/donateLocation.html?page=18158&relate=15672
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