Mansfield DAR lays wreaths for fallen veterans

Thursday, 21 Dec, 2017

We are not performing this service to decorate graves.

"There are a lot of people still out there in harm's way during the holiday", he said, "and this is something we can do to remember those who fought for our freedom and also to honor those who are still serving".

Employees from U.S. Xpress and Covenant Transport, along with members of the Civil Air Patrol, Navy Sea Cadets, Young Marines, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and more, participated in Wreaths Across America. Chapter members participated in the ceremony to remember fallen veterans' lives and to honor all who serve in America's armed forces.

Each year on National Wreaths Across America Day, the Wreaths Across America organization coordinates the laying of wreaths at more than 1,200 locations in all 50 states, at sea and overseas with the stated mission to Remember, Honor and Teach, according to a news release.

The ceremony and view of so many wreaths decorating the cemetery brings a lump to your throat, Julie said, when you realize the enormity of the sacrifice the country's veterans have made.

The day started off with two police and motorcycle escorts of semi-trucks full of wreaths donated by sponsors from around the world to be placed on gravesites of the fallen. "The older generations have carried the torch before us, both in war and in honoring veterans, and I'm glad it's my generation's turn to step up and do its part". "I guess it's not just the fallen ones either". She said it was important to sell them "because the veterans served our country".

"The Wreaths Across America is just a way of honor all the veterans that have served in the past and are now serving, its just a way to honor our veterans", said Tom Hall, Cemetery Program Manager Fort Harrison. Howley received many military and civilian honors and awards, including Distinguished Service Award for his role in Berlin.

"The city of Malden commends Boy Scout Troop 603 and all of today's volunteers for taking part in this worthy, national event", he said. "Every time we come, it reminds us that they are here and they need our prayers".