Wreaths Across America Day is a national campaign which requires such a small act toward keeping the memory of our veterans alive.
Service men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice are honored with a traditional wreath-laying ceremony. This year, National Wreaths Across America day will take place on December 17.
“This year, they have a partner program which is the Living History,” veteran and re-enactor Robert Yott said. “They sent invites out to the reenacting community, and they asked us to come down in uniform and represent the era we portray in reenacting. We are just going to be as the Grand Army would say ‘Silent Sentinels’.”
Robert Yott is just one of many re-enactors heading down to the Arlington National Cemetery. His presence along with the others will help add to the overall mission- to remember, honor, and teach.
“We’re going to be strategically placed around there,” Yott said. “When people come and lay the wreaths at the graves, they are going to get a visual. You almost can kind of put a face to the cold markers that are there in the ground, and remember that these are men and women who have honorably served our country.”
This campaign is also hosted by over 1,100 other locations throughout the nation including the Bath National Cemetery along with the Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira. Anybody is welcomed to join in on honoring our veterans by laying a wreath on a stone.
“They say that when a veteran dies, they die two deaths,” Yott said. “Once when they die, and another is the last time their name is mentioned. So, as the people are laying the wreaths, they are going to quietly say the name on that marker.”
“I would encourage people to just go down there, and remember the sacrifices made by the men and women of this country,” Yott adds.