Wreaths Across America is an annual mid-December event to honor military veterans during the holiday season by placing wreaths on graves at Arlington National Cemetery and more than 1.200 other veterans cemeteries and memorials around the nation and overseas.
VFW Post 10052 of Cheshire participates annually. The post invites the public to join in a short ceremonial wreath-laying at noon on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Veterans Memorial Plaza in front of Town Hall. The day has been proclaimed “Wreaths Across America Day” by the U.S. Senate.
“This event reminds the public that our freedom is not free,” said VFW Post Commander John White. “Veterans past and present have sacrificed for America. We will lay a wreath to show we recognize what they have done and that we are grateful for it.”
White added, “Since the start of our country, more than 40 million men and women have served in America’s military. As of 2018 there are 18 million living veterans who served during at least one war.”
Wreaths Across America began in 1992 when tree farmer Morrill Worcester of Maine donated 5,000 wreaths to be laid upon graves at Arlington by him and his family. The event grew until now more than 60,000 volunteers place more than 700,000 wreaths with solemn reverence on veterans’ graves, as well as at veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states, ceremonies at sea, and 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil.
The mission of Wreaths Across America is to “Remember, Honor and Teach” about the sacrifices made by veterans. WAA says, “Remember the fallen; Honor those who serve; Teach our children the value of freedom.” Visit their web site at Wreathsacrossamerica.org.