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Don't Say I Should Have. Say I Did.

Updated on December 11, 2014

I Will

My daughter Kelly and I are planning a trip to Arlington for the WREATH LAYING CERMONIES this December. Please take the time to watch the video about this way of honoring those that put honor and service first. I hope you take the 9 minutes to watch. It's only 9 minutes of the gift all our veterans and those serving have given us. Then, I encourage you to contribute to the cause by volunteering your time locally or sending a donation in support of this annual event. Last year 143,000 wreaths were placed at the gravesites in Arlington but, that was 87,000 short of providing one for every soldier laid to rest. And, I'm told the percentage of undecorated graves at other national cemeteries was even greater. Only if the goal of having enough sponsors to place a Remembrance Wreath on every grave marker at Arlington will the scheduled ceremonies include the placing of a Remembrance Wreath at the gravesite of the first military veteran William Christman buried at Arlington more than 150 years ago. I am looking forward to all the ceremonies planned - at 11:00 a.m. there will be a wreath laying ceremony at President John F. Kennedy's grave site in Section 45; followed by an 11:30 a.m. wreath laying ceremony at the USS Battleship Maine's Mast Memorial in Section 24. The final wreath ceremony will take place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at 12 Noon. But, most of all I would like to witness the ceremony held at William Christman's gravesite. My wreath this Christmas season will rest on a soldiers marker. "Remember, Honor and Teach - Don't Say I Should Have, Say I Did."

Co Pilot 1st LT William E LaFlech

South Pacific 1945
South Pacific 1945

Veteran William E LaFlech

380th Reunion 2005
380th Reunion 2005

Honored Veteran William E. LaFlech 1st LT Army Air Corp

2012 Inurnment Arlington National Cemetry
2012 Inurnment Arlington National Cemetry


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    • sweethearts2 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      Thank you for viewing the video and taking time to comment. It's a shame that there will be undecorated graves in Arlington and other military cemeteries. There are gravesites that have not been visited in years, they should never be forgotten.

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      Linda Rogers 

      4 years ago from Minnesota

      This gave me goosebumps. Thanks for this hub and video. God Bless all our veterans, especially those that gave the ultimate sacrifice; their life.


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