Thursday, December 26, 2013

Wreaths Across America December 14, 2013

 Brunswick Town Chapter DAR members present at the December 14th Wreath laying ceremony were:   Fran  Carlsen, Connie Hendrix, Carol Jutte, Rhonda Amato, Ella Maugans, Lisa Pomeranz and  Vicki Kay. 

 Along with members, some husbands of DAR known as HODars were also there to help unpack all of the  wreaths to be placed on each grave. Wreaths Across America 12-14-13 approximately 1,233 wreaths were laid this year and  last year it  was a little over 600. Fran Carlsen, our Brunswick town DAR Chapter team captain for Wreaths Across  America sent the information below for all to look at and appreciate that all over the United States many  organizations are pulling together and working toward honoring our fallen soldiers on Dec. 14th. The information  provided from Arlington Cemetery had an unbelievable job of laying 143,000 wreaths. We were part of the total  539,881 that laid wreaths for our veterans across the US.
Wilmington National Cemetery
2011 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28403

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Peace, Peace, and Farewell...
Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace. peace, and farewell....

Thousands Turn Out To Remember, Honor, and Teach
To all of the military families sacrificing Christmas and the holiday season together, you are remembered and loved. Merry Christmas to you all.
This photo was taken of volunteers as they unloaded at Fort Sam Houston National in San Antonio, Texas. Thanks to Terence Reynolds for sharing your photo.

Photo Shows Over 1 Million People Why We Do What We Do
This photo, shared with us by Amanda Davis, of her nephew Hunter missing his daddy at Houston National Cemetery on Saturday, December 14th, 2013.
Over 1,054,208 people saw the photo. 12,846 shared, and 1,487 people added a comment to bless this little boy, his broken heart, and his family.

Stars And Stripes Covers The Day At Arlington
143,000 wreaths at Arlington.
539,881 placed in total nationwide.
Every wreath and every volunteer has a story.

An Emotional Day For Families and Volunteers Alike
This photo was shared with us by Kelly Jordan who participated at Jacksonville, FL, and I think it captures so many emotions of the day - for our Gold Star families and for our volunteers (here in Kelly's words):

As a photojournalist I am constantly amazed by the subjects I encounter. After I shot a few frames of this woman hugging her husband's grave, I had the task I hate in situations like this, asking her name. She kindly gave me her name then grabbed me, hugged me hard and said "thank you" for your service. I explained I was not military and she said that it didn't matter and that the fact that I was showing the world how important these veterans' lives are during the wreath ceremony meant I was doing all of the families a service they could not repay.
~ Kelly Jordan, photojournalist
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Wreaths Across America
PO Box 249 Columbia Falls, ME 04623
Phone: (207) 470-0967  |  Fax: (877) 385-9504

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