"We're here to remember not their deaths, but their lives".
For the third year, Chevrolet and dealers from across Maryland is supporting the non-profit. 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. Every year around Christmas, a wreath laying ceremony allows the public to witness as volunteers and family members of veterans lay wreaths on tens of thousands of veteran graves.
Six wreaths recognized veterans in each branch of military service, one wreath honored Fishburne alumni veterans and one wreath remembered those servicemen and women whose last known status was wither prisoner of war or missing in action.
Ceremonies are scheduled at the Hampton National Cemetery and the state-run Albert G. Horton Jr.
"Now that we are so blessed to have enough wreaths at Arlington, and at many of our other 1,300 participating locations across the country ... now it's all about volunteering", Kingsbury said.
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Each headstone represents a person who was someone's son or daughter, mother or father, grandfather or grandmother, she said.
Rice only began as a driver at Northfield's Taylor Truck Line four months ago, and he noticed a Facebook post about a volunteer experience with Wreaths Across America at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. It was a natural fit for the group's efforts, said member and Wreaths Across America event coordinator Brenda Brophy.
Wreaths Across America was founded as an extension of The Arlington Wreath Project.
"We just wanted to give thanks", said Worcester, explaining her charity's origin story, "We vowed to always do it".
Allred said she hopes people will be inspired and it will continue to spread. "Children are interested in the colorful production (this year we will have live brass-instrument patriotic music) and they learn from the solemnity of the occasion that we respect our military veterans and what they have done for us, and that we don't want them to be forgotten". This is the first year that the cemetery will participate in this national event around 12:30 p.m. Saturday.