Members of the Civil Air Patrol-Stevens Point Composite Squadron place wreaths upon the memorial benches during the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Korean War Memorial. The weather on Saturday proved to be much nicer than previous year with sunny skies and temperatures near 40 degrees.
Olympia Snowe of ME and arranged to have the wreaths placed at gravesites in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Wanda Smith, a member of the American Legion who served in the U.S. Army and laid a wreath in honor of the Army, said this year was her first time attending. "We're here to remember not their deaths, but their lives".
During the ceremony at Forest Hill Cemetery on Saturday, participants placed wreaths at all sides of the War Memorial after reading aloud the names etched in the stone, representing each branch of the USA military, plus POW and MIA soldiers.
This year, 1,400 cemeteries are participating, said Freeman.
Roy Woods, an Army veteran, salutes after placing a wreath to honor soldiers classified as Missing in Action or Prisoner of War during Caribou's December 16 Wreaths Across America ceremony.
"They're all being placed to recognize veterans that have served and made sacrifices for freedom". "We were all humbled and honored to be able to place wreaths on our fallen hero's grave sites". This year, her Driver of the Year made the trip from ME to Arlington National Cemetery, and last year's victor delivered wreaths at veteran grave sites in the company's hometown of Findlay, Ohio.
Volunteers braved the wet weather Saturday morning and placed wreaths all over the cemetery.
"Every freedom that we enjoy was paid for by these veterans", he said, from the Revolutionary War forward to today's ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and around the world: "That's why honor them regularly". His song was sung during a stop on the escort of wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery a year ago. "It is really moving to see young people participating from organizations like the American Heritage Girls and other youth development organizations", he said.