Yesterday was the 20th Year that Wreaths Across America Project has been placing live pine wreaths on the graves of our fallen service members. . It started as just a simple idea by Morrill Worcester, that every one who has served our country would be remembered during the holidays. Since that time the project has grown and this year 85,000 wreaths were laid in Arlington Cemetery as well a wreaths placed at every VA Cemetery in the United States.
Here are a few photos from December 11, 2011 at Arlington National Cemetery.
Morrill Woster-Founder of Wreaths Across America Project
There are very few words that can convey the emotion of being involved in the event. In the last 5 years since I’ve been volunteering I’ve seen the number of people who arrive early on a cold December morning go from a few hundred to a few thousand. They include active duty military, ROTC units, boy scouts, girl scouts, church groups and individuals who take time at each grave to say thank-you.
Next year it would be nice to reach the goal of 100,000 wreaths and one day see every grave have a wreath at the holiday. I know I’ll be there again next year.