Despite the cold misty air floating over gravestones of various sizes half-hidden by snow, more than 50 volunteers showed up to Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens on a recent Saturday to pay their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The group, bundled up in various layers some with gloves and some without, were there to participate in Wreaths Across America, a national initiative to make sure no veteran is forgotten during the holidays.
Wreaths Across America is a nationwide simultaneous wreath laying effort to remember those willing to serve and sacrifice. Wreaths are purchased and donated by local clubs, veterans organizations, Boy Scout troops and community groups.
On the second Saturday of December regardless of weather, those wreaths are placed on as many veterans' graves as possible in cemeteries across the United States at the same time the wreaths are being placed at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
MSgt. Stefanie Hauck US Air Force (Ret.,), our new communications officer, had the honor of participating as the Air Force representative at the short ceremony prior to wreath distribution throughout the cemetery.
Members of local Boy Scout troops, VFWs, Team Red, White and Blue (RWB) Columbus, veterans and members of the community participated in the event at Forest Lawn.
The program is committed to teaching younger generations about the value of their freedoms, and the importance of honoring those who sacrificed so much to protect those freedoms. The organization offers learning tools, interactive media projects, and opportunities for youth groups to participate. They also work to create opportunities to connect “the Greatest Generation” with the “Generation of Hope”, passing on inspirational stories from World War II veterans to the leaders of the future.
See more photos from the event in the gallery below.