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Wreaths Across America Day - Honoring Our Veterans

Updated on September 15, 2016
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Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Alabama

Wreaths Across America at the Alabama National Cemetery by Tamika Moore
Wreaths Across America at the Alabama National Cemetery by Tamika Moore | Source

Week-Long Celebration


The state of Alabama participated in a week-long celebration, beginning Monday, December 9th, and ending on Saturday, December 14, 2013, to celebrate America’s Veterans and their service to Country, with a particular focus on family during the holidays. The purpose of Wreaths Across America Day is to “Remember the fallen: honor those who serve; and teach our children the cost of freedom.”


Alabama State House Ceremony

Alabama Wreaths Across America State House Ceremony
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State House Ceremony: December 9, 2013


To get things started at 10:30 a.m. on December 9th, the state of Alabama held a Wreaths Across America State House Ceremony, where the public was invited, in the auditorium of the State Capitol. The Governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley, joined other state officials, veterans and family members for the special ceremony.


Blue Star Salute

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Welcome


The ceremony stated with a Welcome by Mel Sinholster, President of Blue Star Salute Foundation of Alabama.


Presentation of Colors


The Presentation of Colors was done by the Civil Air Patrol from the Bessemer Composite Squadron AL-087.


National Anthem


The National Anthem was sung by the Booker T. Washington Magnet High School Choir, under the direction of Milton Williams.


Invocation


Chaplain Paul Sims of the Blue Star Salute Foundation of Alabama gave the Invocation.


Introduction of Distinguished Guests


Commissioner W. Clyde Marsh of the Alabama Department of Veteran Affairs introduced distinguished guests.


Laying of the State House Wreath

Laying of the State House Wreath
Laying of the State House Wreath | Source

Remarks


The Honorable Robert Bentley, Governor of the State of Alabama gave remarks.





Taps


Taps was played by the Alabama Army National Guard.

Tribute to a Fallen Soldier

Alabama Wreaths Across America - Alabama National Cemetery

Alabama Wreaths Across America - Alabama National Cemetery
Alabama Wreaths Across America - Alabama National Cemetery | Source

Fifth Annual Wreaths Across America Day: December 14, 2013


The Civil Air Patrol of Bessemer, Alabama, and the Blue Star Salute Foundation, Inc. hosted the event at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Alabama.


Seven ceremonial wreaths were placed to remember all Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Merchant Marines and POW/MIA service members. Family members, friends and volunteers laid wreaths at the cemetery’s more than 2,400 grave sites and at other veterans’ graves statewide.


Communities across Alabama gathered together to honor veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day.


Helena, Alabama - Wreath Laying Salute

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Sunset Memorial Park - Dothan, Alabama

Sunset Memorial Park - Dothan, Alabama
Sunset Memorial Park - Dothan, Alabama | Source

Alabama National Cemetery Is Only About 17 Miles from My Home

A marker3133 Highway 119, Montevallo, Alabama 35115 -
3133 Alabama 119, Montevallo, AL 35115, USA
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Where My Dad Is Buried, Fort Benning, Georgia

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A Year ago Today, On December 20, 2012, My Mother Went to Her True Home - She Is Buried in Ft. Benning, Georgia Too

My mother's grave site, with a small Christmas tree with tiny birds.  She so dearly loved all birds.
My mother's grave site, with a small Christmas tree with tiny birds. She so dearly loved all birds. | Source


All of those wreaths on the grave sites with the red bows in honor of our fallen veterans is a beautiful thing to behold, but even more so, are seeing all the volunteers and family members of the fallen who come to participate in the laying of all of the thousands of wreaths.


What is also striking to me, are the crosses on each grave marker. Beautiful and powerful.


My dad served in the U.S. Army. I did not get a chance to drive over to Georgia, where he is buried to lay a wreath on his grave, but I am hoping that one was placed on it.



© Copyright Faith Reaper, December 20, 2013

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      A somber beginning to the day, thinking of all those that have given lives so we can know the freedom we still have and having the pride we both share knowing our fathers helped do that. I also had two brothers in service, the Air Force, but neither were in battle. Was particularly sad seeing the beginning of your moms name...as you can imagine. This is a wonderful thing these people do though and many may think better things could be done with the money but somehow this country needs to hold onto honor in America and respect for real Americans, which all these fallen certainly have proven to be. A very worthwhile cause. Loved the photo of the little boy saluting. ^^

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Faith, it is right that we should honour the people who fought and gave so much for their countries, we should remember, I just wish there were no need for wars. My condolences on the death of you dear mother, I'm not sure if I had already told you how sad I was to hear of her passing. Another great hub, my friend.

      I wish you much happiness this Christmas.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Faith, it is right that we should honour the people who fought and gave so much for their countries, we should remember, I just wish there were no need for wars. My condolences on the death of you dear mother, I'm not sure if I had already told you how sad I was to hear of her passing. Another great hub, my friend.

      I wish you much happiness this Christmas.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well done Faith. I know our state did participate but I honestly don't know what they did. Thanks for a closer look at Alabama and their activities. Such an important thing to do.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie, yes it is a wothwhile cause in remembrance of those who served and those fallen and to teach our children about the cost of freedom. All the money comes from donations and the wreaths are laid by thousands of volunteers. It is a beautiful sight to behold! Yes, I know your mother's name was Marjorie too. I love that photo too and could not resist putting it as it is so touching that someone so young knows about respect and honor. Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much dear Jo (tobusiness). Yes, it is so important to remember and teach our children too. You did and I thank you again. Peace and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much dear Bill. Yes, it is so important, especially in the area of teaching our children the high price of freedom! Peace and blessings, Faith Reapet

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      What a beautiful sight to see all those white headstones with the green wreath and red ribbons but a very sad sight as well because we all know that a lot of young people with their life and dreams in front of them never got to live them.

      Quite a while ago, I went to visit with my husband and my children an American, a Canadian and a German cemeteries in Normandy and I had the same feeling of those young lives lost forever.

      A wreath for each tombstone is a beautiful tribute! It must be quite emotional to participate to such an event!

      I love the little Christmas tree with the birds for your mother. It's lovely!

      Have a good day! God bless you and yours!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, it is breathtaking to see the thousands of wreaths and then to think of the thousands who served and their families, dear joelle (kidscrafts)! Thank you so much for reading and sharing. Oh, my mother just loved watching birds and my sister-in-law was in Georgia down that way visiting her family and on her way back she stopped by my mother's grave site and placed that little Christmas tree with the birds before Christmas, which she would have loved. Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Keely Deuschle 3 years ago from Florida

      Faith, what a beautifully written hub. Taking part in Wreaths Across America is such a moving experience and very humbling. My kids and I participated last year in Florida helping to unpack, count markers, and lay out wreaths in front of each row of markers. The ceremony was incredibly touching and then placing the wreaths was overwhelming. I wrote a hub about it last year it had such a profound impact on us. We were very much looking forward to volunteering year, but my son and I were sick. It's such a small, but beautiful way to say thanks to those who fought for this amazing country we live in. Next year, we will be back. Thank you for helping to bring even more awareness to this incredible program!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello KDeus, so nice to meet you and thank you for the kind comments. How lovely that you and your children participated last year! It is such a powerful and moving event to be sure. I will have to check out your personal experiences you have written of in participating in such an unforgettable event! I am so sorry that you and your children were sick this year. There is always next year to look forward to participating. It is a beautiful way to say thanks to those who fought for this country we live in. Blessings to you and yours, Faith Reaper

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      Alabama seems to be a great participator on meaningful things. For that we can be proud of this state.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      We sure can, Wetnose! Thank you for reading and leaving an awesome comment. Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like a wonderful and very worthwhile event, Faith. Thank you for sharing the information. I haven't heard about the project before, but it sounds like a lovely way to honor veterans who have lost their lives and to support their families.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Alicia, Thank you so much for reading. Yes, it is a beautiful event all across America and not just in my state. Can you imagine all of the thousands of wreaths being laid at the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington and what a lovely sight that is to behold! It is also amazing to think this all started when one man thought to do it and the donations just started pouring in, so it is meant to be no doubt. Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Dear Faith-thanks for sharing this moving tribute to our veteran's. I think this is one of the most touching projects for those that have lost their lives to give us our freedoms. I lose it every time I hear the song 'Taps.' I hope you had a blessed Christmas my friend.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Linda (Minnetonka Twin),

      Thank you so much for your kind comments. Yes, it is a special project indeed. It takes so many thousands of volunteers to lay the wreaths across America and then to see all those wreaths with the red bows on the grave sites, is just breathtaking! Taps gets to me each and every time I hear it too.

      I did have a very blessed Christmas sweet lady, and I pray you did as well.

      Hugs and much love to you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      I didn't participate but it doesn't mean it wasn't on my mind and in my heart. these types of hub during these days are so welcomed.. and only Faith can execute the perfection.. have a happy new year dear one :)

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      What a lovely event....My father was surely smiling down as he witnessed event and others like it.

      How well you have shared this event that honors those who willingly serve and give so much for us.

      Know, dear friend, that Angels are on the way to you and yours this morning. ps

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      Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      There is a national cemetery in my hometown, Marietta, Georgia. For the past several years wreaths have been laid on graves at Christmas time filling about a quarter of the cemetery. This year, the first one I was aware of that had a national campaign to put wreaths on veterans' graves, the cemetery was about three quarters full of wreaths. We participated by donating about $35 and received one wreath, which we placed on my husband's father's grave. He was a reservist Colonel and a WWII vet The other one went to a vet's grave somewhere in the US. It was a simple thing to do. But when I saw our hometown cemetery so much fuller this year than in the past, I was so glad we took part along with so many others.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      So glad this hub was shared as I somehow missed it when originally published. My father-in-law (a WWII veteran) was always afraid "kids today" wouldn't know about the sacrifices that were made for them. This is one example of keeping that spirit alive, remembering our veterans, and reminding all of us of our honorable heritage. Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up, useful, beautiful, and interesting. P.S. I especially liked your inclusion of the M&M book!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for taking a stand to honor vets. They, to me, are our most important citizens.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Thanks for sharing. How beautiful the wreaths on the graves. We have many veterans in our family that sacrificed mush. I was an army brat and I know how much my mother also sacificed as a military wife. Voted up on your hub.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, dear Frank, thank you for the wonderful comments, precious heart. Happy New Year and I pray it is one filled to the overflow with love and blessings!!! Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi my dear friend, PS, I am always so happy when you are able to stop by and read and leave your lovely comments! I know my dad is too no doubt. Angels circling back your way to you and your precious family. Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Kathleen, Thank you so much for reading and sharing about your hometown. I am glad there were more wreaths this year and to know you had participated! Awesome! I hope there are more and more each year until it is full. God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Mary (till), I am so glad someone did share so you were able to read and leave your insightful comments as always! Your father-in-law was so wise and what he was concerned with is exactly what part of this ministry does...teaches our children just how important our freedom is and that many paid for it with their lives! Oh, yes, the M&M book is awesome and it is helping a lot of our veterans too who are suffering from PTSD, as my dad did. I was humbled to be asked to contribute a true story. I appreciate the votes up. God bless you, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Bless you Dear rebecca for your wonderful comments, and yes they are indeed! Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear moonlake, I am thankful for your family and their service to our country! You have pointed out a great point about the spouses of veterans also sacrificing much, for I know without a doubt my sweet mother did! Blessings to you and I appreciate the vote up, Faith Reaper

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      A beautiful hub about an important way to pay tribute to those who gave so much. Blessings to yo and your family.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much dear Flourish for reading. Yes, it is a beautiful way to pay tribute and very moving to see all the volunteers and families show up to help lay wreaths and pay respect. Blessings Faith Reaper

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      How wonderful that communities throughout Alabama gathered to honor veterans during the annual Wreaths Across America Day. Our state participated at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. I hate war. Yet, I can’t help but wonder that without the sacrifices our brave, departed veterans made over many decades, would we be celebrating this holiday today?

      I loved the small Christmas tree at your dear mother’s grave site with the birds that she so loved.

      Hugs and blessings, Faith. And my best wishes for a very Happy New Year.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      It's nice to know, Faith, that the entire state of Alabama participated in this Wreaths Across America ceremony. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I shudder to think of what our lives might be today if it were not for the contributions of our servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives on our behalf.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Genna,

      So glad to see you here this day reading! Yes, I hate war, but wonder too about things without their sacrifices. I am glad Massachusetts celebrated. I appreciate your kind comment about my mother's grave site. She did love all birds so much.

      Hugs and many blessings to you and I hope the New Year is the best one ever,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear drbj,

      Thank you for reading. Yes, I do not want to think about such either and what it would be like for sure!

      Blessings and Happy New Year dear one,

      Faith Reaper

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      Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain

      Wonderful hub. You presented it so well., but oh those white headstones make me want to weep. Always our young men,.........

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much Dim. Yes, looking at all of them will get to one for sure with a big pang in the heart. Happy New Year, Faith Reaper

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Lovely photo and you also sad about those who lost their lives.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Devika,

      Thank you so much for reading. Yes, very sad about the loss of life. We must always remember the high cost of freedom. That is exactly why this day is celebrated to teach our children about what freedom means and about those who paid the highest price for that freedom.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Faith,

      Just catching up now on this respectful, heartfelt and honorable tribute to our Veterans.

      Thank you for sharing this awesome tradition which joins the younger generations with the legacies and memories of our war heroes.

      Thanks also for sharing the beautiful shot of your dear Momma's grave...I believe both of your parents are looking over you with such loving pride.

      Hugs and happy new year, dear friend. Love, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Maria, so lovely to see you stopping by to read! Yes, it is a wonderful tradition to teach our children the high cost of freedom, plus to honor those who have fallen and their families. I do hope the new year holds many new opportunities for you to share your many gifts and your beautiful heart of love for others. Hugs and much love, Faith Reaper

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      The cemetery sure looks pretty Faith and so does your mum's grave. How are you my dear ?.

      I wish that most Americans can take Jesus seriously not just at Christmas time , because year round they set the wrong trends for the rest of the world they do everything con-cherry to what God says but yet at Christmas they decorate and suddenly becomes religious.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi dear Jo, I am glad you have taken time away from your birthday celebration young lady to read and comment here. I am fine and thank you for asking. Yes, that is a lovely thought that all need to consider putting Christ first each and every day of their lives! Hugs and enjoy your birthday dear one, Faith Reaper

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Thank you faith and that's soooo true what you have said.

      Love yah!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I did not know of this event and sorry I may have missed it in our state, if they participated. This is a wonderful way to honor those who served and to teach our children the importance of it. Blessings, dear lady.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Love you too, dear Jo (LadyFiddler)!!!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi teaches,

      So great to see you stopping by to read this day! Yes, it is a wonderful way to honor those who served and to teach our children the importance of it.

      I hope all is well with you and yours.

      Blessing to you too dear lady,

      Faith Reaper

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      What a great hub Faith; voted up ,shared and here I wish you a great weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Eddy,

      Thank you so much for reading! I appreciate the vote up and share.

      I hope you have a wonderful weekend too,

      Faith Reaper

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      TotalHealth 3 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

      Heart felt hub! The entire country could learn from the state of Alabama how to properly honor America's fallen heroes. - Voted up!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello TotalHealth,

      So nice to meet you and thank you so much for reading and leaving a kind comment. Actually many states across America participate in this event. The one at Arlington Cemetery is awesome too!

      Yes, our fallen heroes should be honored and remembered and our children should know that freedom comes with a price. I appreciate the vote up.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Faith, wow, you brought tears to my eyes. I was born there and my great grandfathers (3) were in the war of 1812, great uncles, died in WWII from Alabama, an uncle wounded in the Korean War, my was in WWII, both brothers wounded in Vietnam.

      Thank you for writing this.

      Blessings,

      Shyron

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      sujaya venkatesh 3 years ago

      so solemn faith

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Shyron,

      Aw, thank you so much for reading precious heart. I am grateful for your great uncles, uncle and brothers' service to our country. My dad served in both Korea and Vietnam too.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello sujaya venkatesh,

      Thank you so much for reading.

      God bless,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello sujaya venkatesh,

      Thank you so much for reading.

      God bless,

      Faith Reaper

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      What a beautiful tradition and tribute to our military! I live in a military town and I can't recall any tradition started here.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Crafty,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to read. Yes, such a lovely tradition in which many cities across our state, as well as many other states participate. They want to teach our young about the price others paid for our freedom.

      Maybe you could get it started in your town too! I know you have your hands full, but you seem to be one who can get things going for the betterment of all and bring awareness.

      Blessings

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you for highlighting this Wreaths Across America Day for us. Taking the time to remember these people and honor them is the least we can do out of gratitude.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, dear RTalloni, for leaving such a lovely comment here. I appreciate you stopping by to read this night!

      Hugs

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      This is a great way to appreciate what the war veterans have done for the country. Your dad must have been a great veteran and you must be missing him so much. Great hub and thank you for sharing this.

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      Rhonda Lytle 2 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      This is the work of a beautiful heart, Faith. It's wonderful to see such an act of respect for those who sacrificed so much for all of us. At the same time, I wish such went on every day. God bless you for this.

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      The wreathes on the graves are beautiful. What a wonderful way to honor those who gave their lives for our country. I don't know if Ohio joined in on this or not. Terrible to say, but I wasn't at any grave sites and I don't remember this in the news. What a wonderful thing Alabama did for its heroes. Thanks for sharing this as I so enjoyed reading it.

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      Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Our family has decided this project will be a part of our holiday tradition from now on. Their sacrifices never end and neither should our honoring them.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Vellur!

      I apologize for my late response to your lovely comment of four months ago! Please forgive my oversight.

      Yes, our vets deserve our respect for their sacrifices. Thank you for always reading and being so kind.

      Blessings

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Rhonda,

      Oh, that is a lovely wish ... wouldn't that be so lovely! I do hope all states adopt this beautiful act of respect for our vets.

      God bless you for your love-filled heart.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Suzzette,

      Thank you so much for reading. I do hope the state of Ohio does honor our vets with so much respect on this "Day" as well. My hope is that all states do such in showing much-deserved respect to all of our vets and their families. It is a great day for children to learn why we do celebrate and to learn about freedom.

      Blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Kathleen,

      Always so great when you are able to visit my side of HP Town to read! Oh, I am so thrilled your family will participate in this wonderful day of celebration. What a profound statement you have made their in your last sentence ... "Their sacrifices never end and neither should our honoring them."

      God bless you and yours

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Theresa, this is such a memorable and loving tribute to our fallen heroes. Thank you for sharing this with us. I so enjoyed reading it. The photos are beautiful - the one of your mother's grave brought tears to my eyes. My mother dearly loved all birds, too. My darling younger brother visits her site at least once a week and keeps flowers, angels and birds there for her memory. Thanks again for this article.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Phyllis,

      To be there live and in person is so moving and memorable to see all of the wreaths with the red bows on the graves, just breathtaking to say the least. I am glad it is a way to teach our young children about the sacrifices made for our freedoms.

      Oh, thank you so much for sharing about your dear mother, who also loved birds. That is so sweet about your younger brother bringing flowers, angels and birds.

      My brother does the same thing, as he lives closest to wear my mother is buried in the same state.

      I hope your state participates in this wonderful tribute.

      I hope you have a peaceful night.

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