When my dad passed away in June of this year, we learned something really heartwarming while making his arrangement at the VA Cemetery. They told us about a program that was started a few years ago, where wreaths are placed on the graves of every soldier in VA Cemeteries. This used to be done at Arlington National Cemetery but now most VA Cemeteries participate.
We had planned on helping this year, but unfortunately we thought it was later in December. We did, however, go up the next weekend to visit dad and to see the wreaths.
My son, not fully understanding, asked me why don’t the families of the deceased place wreaths on their graves. I explained to him that they don’t all have family nearby, and there are many other reasons why a family might not be able to. That’s why the Wreaths Across America program is in place – to make sure that all deceased military personnel have a wreath during the holidays.
We are definitely going to volunteer to help next year, and if you are interested in doing the same, you can find more information about the Wreaths Across America program (you can also donate with this link). If you could see it in person, I’m sure it would warm your heart as much as it did ours.
I actually brought another wreath, from our home, to leave with dad…along with a note attached telling him how I love and miss him every day. It was comforting to know that even if I hadn’t been able to make it to see him this holiday season, that he wouldn’t be forgotten. No solider would be, thanks to this amazing program.
*This is my own experience – this is not a compensated post in any way. I am sharing this with my readers, as I think everyone should know about this program.