Wreaths Across America gathered on Saturday to lay hundreds of thousands of wreaths across the United States in an effort to honor our buried veterans. They reportedly laid over 250,000 wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery, VA. Although Arlington is what many people think of when they think of the wreaths placed upon gravestones in the snow, Wreaths Across America actually works across multiple cemeteries where veterans lay throughout the U.S.
However, the point of the organization is not just to decorate the graves to make them pretty. On their website, the organization quotes the famous, “A person dies twice: once when they take their final breath, and later, the last time their name is spoken.” Though the origins of the quote are varied, Wreaths Across America has taken it to heart.
“When we lay wreaths on veterans’ graves, we say their names.” Every wreath laid warrants the name on the gravestone spoken out loud.