Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wreaths Across America

The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution attended the Wreaths Across America Ceremony at the National Cemetery in Wilmington,NC.
Dar members,Susan Hadenchuk, Nancy Mazzei, Vicki Kay, Ella Maugans, and Betsy Pessetto were in attendance.

The Ceremony originated 18 years ago with the Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, donating thousands of wreaths to be placed at the tombstones of Veterans in Arlington Cemetery. It has expanded now to include over 100 National cemeteries across America and 40 National cemeteries on foreign soil. The purpose of the Ceremony is to show honor and respect for deceased Veterans of all branches of our Armed Services from all wars. The wreath is considered the perfect display, as its circle suggests wholeness and eternity; its green and living branches symbolize the beauty and fruitfulness of life.

Members of the Armed Forces lay the first dedicated wreaths on tombstones, followed by the Gold Star Mothers and then the Blue Star Mothers. All attendees are able to participate by sponsoring a wreath through the Wreaths Across America. Over 800 wreaths were placed throughout the Cemetery this year—a very impressive sight!

The Ceremony was quite stirring to all those who attended--which included the Gold Star Mothers, the Blue Star Mothers, members of each branch of the Armed Services, a color guard from the JROTC, the Boyscouts and Veterans. Inspirational speeches were given by Bill Jayne, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administrator, Mike McIntyre, North Carolina 7th Congressional District Representative to U.S. Congress and Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo. Each spoke of the work of democracy and the pride our Nation has in those who serve us. Quoted each year is a well-remembered statement by then President Ronald Reagan that freedom is always just one generation away, and it is our Armed Services’ vigilance and determination which secure that freedom.

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