National Cemeteries Receive Christmas Wreaths

Posted on: 7:09 pm, December 14, 2013, by

Boxes of wreaths were delivered to the National Cemetery in Fayetteville on Saturday (Dec. 14).

The hand-made Christmas wreaths from Maine were placed on the graves for the Wreaths Across America event.

The event is held across the world in 909 cemeteries using more than 550,000 wreaths.

Despite the freezing temperatures, a large crowd of veterans and volunteers showed up for the event. It started with a ceremony filled with speakers and demonstrations of honor. Then, families of the people buried in the cemetery and volunteers placed a wreath on a grave and gave a salute.

“It’s very emotional,” Michelle Yocum said. “I caught myself teary eyed several times, just thinking of those that we are showing our respect to and the family members that don’t have anyone here because we’re laying a wreath on their headstone.”

Parents brought their children, in an effort to teach them to appreciate the troops.

“We try to support remembering our veterans when we can,” Amy Robertson said. “We just thought it would be a great lesson for our kids and a good time to honor veterans.”

Walmart donated $450,000 in wreaths and transportation costs.

Patrick Simmons is a regional transportation manager for Walmart and helped plan the event. He said it was close to home for him because he went to ranger school with a friend that was killed in the Pentagon on 9/11. One of 909 cemeteries is at the Pentagon.

“It’s an everlasting ring just like a wedding ring, there’s not a beginning, there’s not an end,” he said. “That evergreen or a living thing to honor someone’s memory is a great way to keep them alive in our hearts and in our memories.”

6 comments

  • LuLu says:

    What about the living people who could use food, shelter, and such that the money could have went to help…

    • Judy L. Perez says:

      We would have none of those things, Lulu, if we did not have a military willing to lay down their very lives to protect our freedom and democracy. Freedom is not free. Nothing is free.

  • Gavin says:

    Walmart foundation donated 1 billion dollars to charities last year mainly because they started contributing more to food banks. Off of walmart contributions 351 million meals were served at local food banks. I think if they want to contribute to laying wreaths to honor our men and women that serve than its a wonderful gesture. Merry Christmas!

  • Carolyn says:

    The wreaths look beautiful, brought a tear to my eye watching this on the news last night. Great job to everyone who participated and donated.

  • Sarah Sexton says:

    Walmart is not my favorite because of their lack of pay to employees but I will give them a pat on the back for their contributions to the food banks and they are awesome for donating the time and materials to make the wreaths possible. I am thankful for all the men and women who are laid to rest in our National Cemetery’s.

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