Volunteers Place Wreaths At Md. And Va. Cemeteries

Wreaths Across America for Mobile National Cemetery

The annual Arlington National Cemetery event drew a large crowd Saturday, reportedly with more than 245,000 wreaths placed at grave sites. "It's not uncommon to see family members out here participating and in tears over the fact that we still remember their sacrifice", said Captain Michael Stone.

All of nearly 400 graves at the Vermont Veterans Home, some dating back as far as the Civil War, were decorated with wreaths on Saturday with the help of a local woman who wanted to make sure all the veterans buried on the grounds of the home got their due.

"What the actual wreath laying is for is to remember, honor, and teach individuals they should remember the veterans that come before us and fallen and honor them by laying a wreath", said Shawn Howren, location coordinator.

"We are not here to "decorate graves", Executive Director of Wreaths Across America Karen Worcester wrote on the event's website. 40 drivers will move 18 trucks across America stopping at Fayetteville National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Miramar National Cemetery, Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Joaquin National Cemetery, Riverside National Cemetery, and various other national cemeteries.

Remembrance wreaths will be placed at the headstones of fallen veterans.

Wreaths were also laid for each branch of the armed forces.

John Pollack, a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War who died in October at 68, dedicated himself to remembering the sacrifice made by service members who preceded him, friends and family members he knew and loved.

"They served their country and they served us". "It's important to say their names and when you walk up to the graves to say their names, that means they will always live on".

So Hunt got guidance from the national Wreaths Across America group, but she was responsible for all her own fundraising and volunteer wrangling.

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