By Geneva Brett
The absolute worst thing we can do to our Veterans is to forget them, especially our deceased Vets. The Mission of Wreaths Across America is to Remember, Honor, Teach. The concept is to place a live holiday wreath on the grave of every service person in every National and State Cemetery across America to Remember the fallen, Honor those who serve, Teach our children the value of freedom.
The Wreaths Across America Ceremony will be held at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery on Saturday, December 10th from 9 am to noon. After the program visitors are invited to place a wreath on the grave of a loved one, or any other Veteran in the Cemetery. Folks are encouraged to write down the name of the Veteran where you lay the wreath and later look them up to learn more about the fallen hero laid to rest there in Santa Nella. Last year there were more wreaths than visitors.
Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, in 1992. You can go online to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org to learn more about the program. You can purchase a live wreath from them for $15 and designate it to be delivered to the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery. You can also sponsor one or more wreaths to be delivered where you designate. They can’t accept specific grave requests; you’ll have to buy the wreath and then place it yourself.
The San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery is open 7 days a week from 8am to 5pm.
By Geneva Brett