Wreaths Across America Honors Veterans with Ceremonies

Among the wreaths placed in Normandy last week by Wreaths Across America was this wreath on Utah Beach. (Facebook photo)

Each year, Wreaths Across America coordinates the placement of wreaths in cemeteries across the country and in locations overseas in part to promote its mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach about veterans and in thanks for their service. Two events are anticipated to be held in the Calais area this year.

The first event, the HART (Honoring Allies and Remembering Together) Ceremony, takes places on Ferry Point Bridge on December 8th at 10 a.m. Annual ceremonies are also conducted at border crossing bridges between Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario, Canada; and Sweetwater, Montana and the Alaskan/Canadian border. The purpose of the annual events is to honor veterans of our nation’s allies and share support.

In addition to Wreaths Across America, participants on Saturday will include Gold Star Mothers of America and Silver Cross Mothers of Canada – both organizations represent families who have lost a son or daughter who served their country.

On Sunday, December 9th, an escort event will see the wreaths leaving the area for their journey to Arlington National Cemetery.

Earlier this month, Wreaths Across America paid homage to veterans elsewhere in the world. On Saturday, December 1st, Wreaths Across America placed 9,387 veterans’ wreaths honoring all U.S. service members laid to rest at the Normandy American Cemetery following their efforts in World War II.

“The Normandy American Cemetery is proud and pleased to be the first ABMC [American Battle Monuments Commission] cemetery to have been chosen to attempt this important endeavor,” said Scott Desjardins, Superintendent of the Normandy American Cemetery. “As we approach the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings conducted to establish a foothold in Western Europe to free it from tyranny, the Wreaths Across America organization storms the beaches of Normandy to establish a foothold and commemorate the sacrifice made by the men and women who never returned home and are now memorialized in our sites.”

 

The Normandy event represents the first time Wreaths Across America has sent U.S.-made balsam wreaths to foreign soil. The December wreath-laying event was a collaboration between the Normandy American Cemetery and ABMC and included ceremonial wreath placements on each of the five D-Day invasion beaches, at Pointe Du Hoc, and a Canadian Wreath presentation.