National Wreaths Across America Day is a movement to cover all veterans’ grave markers with a Christmas wreath. The observance is designated annually on a Saturday in December by Congress. The mission is to remember and honor veterans and to teach children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.
Volunteers from all over came to the Great Lakes National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 14, to remember and honor our veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreathes on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes. The name of each veteran was read aloud. A ceremony was held prior to the wreath laying by hundreds of volunteers. Parking for the event was off site and shuttle service was provided by MTA to the cemetery.
The mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at 1,600 additional locations in all 50 states, at sea and abroad.
Clean-Up Day for the removal of the wreaths is Saturday, Jan. 25 at 10am.