Honoring America’s Soldiers on Wreaths Across America Day [PICS]
Young and old alike paid their respects to the nation's fallen soldiers, as they lay wreaths on their graves at Arlington National Cemetery.
It's been a challenging year for everyone, including the organizers of Wreaths Across America Day. Fundraising events were canceled due to the pandemic, so they had to find innovative ways to raise the money needed to place as many wreaths as possible. And then, they were told by Arlington National Cemetery that the trip wouldn't be possible, because of safety concerns. But a last-minute reprieve had them loading up the trucks and heading to Washington D.C. over the weekend.
Sean Sullivan, Media Liaison for Wreaths Across America, says 1.7 million wreaths were placed, nationwide, at 2,557 locations, including at Arlington National Cemetery.
"The determination of the American people and their commitment to the mission to Remember, Honor, Teach, made it possible for us to move forward this year, safely," said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America in a media release. "We are humbled and forever grateful for the outpouring of support from all across the country."
Images from the journey were compiled in a video from the Wreaths Across America Official Facebook page, set to the music of Maine native, Don Campbell.
Maine law enforcement not only makes sure the convoy is safe on its journey, but also takes part in the mission. In this video, members of Maine's law enforcement community place a wreath at the WWII Memorial in the nation's capitol.
They also helped with the placement of wreaths on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery, showing their respect for the soldiers.
Young and old alike took part in the tradition, including this young woman, who prayed after placing her wreath.