Yesterday I laid a wreath in the state Capitol Rotunda in honor of veterans buried at Arlington National Cemetery as part of the “Wreaths Across America” campaign.
The Monday afternoon ceremony was one of 50 being held in state capitals nationwide this week, culminating with a wreath-laying on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Va. I was surrounded by other state legislators and officials as well as fellow Civil Air Patrol members.
I am honored to have organized the Washington ceremony for Wreaths Across America. Having the wreath in our state’s Capitol building will honor the thousands of veterans who have died in defense of our country. I hope Washington citizens will take time this holiday season to remember those who are not with their families because they died supporting our freedoms.
The goal of Wreaths Across America is to honor every veteran buried at Arlington National Cemetery – 220,000 in all – with commemorative wreaths in locations around the nation. The organization projects that more than 400,000 wreaths will be placed nationwide this year.
National and local remembrance ceremonies will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D. C., as well as 700 veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and in American National Cemeteries overseas.
The theme for the 2011 event is “The Christmas They Never Had.” Past year’s themes included “In Honor of Those Who Have Had to Spend a Holiday Away from Loved Ones,” and “In Memory of Those Who Never Made It Home.”
You can watch the ceremony here: