A national effort to teach patriotism by remembering American veterans arrives in Franklin County.
On December 18, volunteers will place wreaths on the headstones of 211 veterans buried at Crestview Memorial Park in St. Clair as part of the Wreaths Across America program.
Each year in December, while memorial wreaths are placed on the headstones of every Veteran buried at Arlington National Cemetery, cemeteries across the United States also honor deceased veterans with a memorial wreath. This is the first time that the event will be held here.
The mission to lay wreaths at veterans’ graves in Arlington during the holiday season began in 1992, when Maine-based Worcester Wreath Co. owner Morrill Worcester donated 5,000 surplus wreaths.
It wasn’t until 2005 that an iconic photo of wreaths in the snow in Arlington gained attention and, two years later, led to the formal creation of a non-profit organization to manage the program. expanding. In 2008, Congress designated an annual Wreath Day across America.
The local event is hosted by the Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter of the Meramec Valley. Debbie Moon Hinz, a member of the group and wife of the late Chuck Hinz, a Vietnamese-era Navy veteran buried at Crestview, said she looked forward to paying tribute to him and other veterans today. the.
Wreaths Across America does a great job. It brings the community together by encouraging patriotism while remembering the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes.
There is beauty and simplicity in the act of placing a wreath on a grave to honor the deceased veterans of our country. It is a beautiful tribute to those who have served our country.
You can support this noble cause by purchasing a wreath from the website crowns across America.org / mo0153 and attending the event at the cemetery, which will begin at 11 am with the ceremonial wreath procession which will coincide with the wreath laying in Arlington.
The Patriot Riders and Junior ROTC from St. Clair High School will be in attendance, along with a tap dance group. There will be brief speeches on each branch of the US military and on Wreaths Across America’s mission – to remember, honor and teach.