On Saturday all across America, people laid wreaths and held ceremonies paying tribute to those who have served our country, but are no longer here to share in the spirit of the holiday season.
The holidays are known to be a time to celebrate with friends and family. Veterans, service families and supporters at the veterans memorial cemetery in king did just that, by celebrating and honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country.
One thousand three hundred and sixty wreaths were laid, a ceremony was held, and a moment of silence was observed to pay tribute to those who are serving, have served, but most of all to service members no longer with us. Veterans said this day also acts as a way to teach today's youth about the cost of freedom.
"I love talking to young kids because Vietnam is like somebody else talking about the Civil War," said Skip Sparks, an Army Special Forces Vietnam Veteran. "They don't even know about it, even though they want to learn. So, I enjoy talking to kids and sometimes they ask questions and people may think they may be foolish, but I always tell them, your questions aren't foolish, that's how you learn."
Sparks and other veterans said ceremonies like this can offer great opportunities for people to get a different perspective and appreciation on military service. The lesson doesn't stop there, at the end of the ceremony, people were encouraged to find a grave, write down the name and search the history of that service member. You'll find that these veterans are not just statistics or names, but brave people with families and loved ones.
Volunteers are hoping to expand this effort to teach by being able to place wreaths on all the grave sites. If you would like to help in making that a reality, click here and go to the "Act Now" tab at the top of the page.
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