Today, we attended the ceremony for the “Wreaths Across America Foundation”. Our local Civil Air Patrol has spent the past 3 months selling wreaths to the community for this event. December 11, was the day scheduled across the nation to lay the wreaths.
This is a nation wide program started in 1996 by one man, Morrill Worchester of Harrington, Maine. As a child he had observed an elderly woman placing a wreath on a veteran’s grave at Christmas time. It had a profound impact on him that stayed with him for a lifetime. When he took over the family business, Worchester Wreath Company, he founded the program that fulfilled his desire as a youth: to place a wreath on the grave of every fallen soldier in America. It was to become an extension of the wreaths laid at Arlington National Cemetery. His expectations were surpassed, as wreaths are now not only laid throughout America, but also in military camps in foreign lands where our soldiers have fallen.
It was a short, but moving ceremony. After colors were presented and 7 ceremonial wreaths were laid representing each of the military branches, the cadets went to work laying the wreaths through out the cemetery. The general public was also invited to help lay the wreaths. There were a few veterans and a few family members of the cadets that helped lay the wreaths.
Attendance was not the greatest, but this is to be expected for a first time effort in our area. With a goal to sell 1083 wreaths so that one could be laid on every veteran’s grave that is buried in our two local cemeteries, the cadets sold roughly around 240 wreaths. The caretakers at the cemetery had previously marked each veteran’s grave with a green flag, in order for the grave of the vets to be easily found in the snow. I heard several cadets say it was sad to not be able to lay a wreath on every grave that had been marked. It touched me to see such caring. Nevertheless, it was a fine tribute and I’m sure it will grow each year. I was impressed by the generosity of the community in donating to such a worthy cause, and I am very proud of our cadets.
The screen door slammed behind me, as I hurriedly headed outside to get my chores done. Once down the steps of the front porch and into the ...
"He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end."
~~Ecclesiastes 3:11 NKJV
"I believe in the immortality of the soul, because I have within me immortal longings." ~Helen Keller
The American's Creed
I believe in the United states of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people;
Whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed;
A democracy in a republic, a sovereign nation of many sovereign states;
A perfect union and inseparable;
Established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortues.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies."
~~William Tyler Page
Thoughts on Success....
"That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson
(or that which should be)
"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else." ~ Charles Dickens
"There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, pure, simple, and useful life" ~ Booker T. Washington
James Oliver Curwood
"What the caterpillar calls the end, God
calls the butterfly."
"That gracious thing, made up of tears and light" - a rainbow.