In the ten years since Wreaths Across America brought their campaign to CT, they've never been able to raise enough donations to collect wreaths for all the veterans buried in this cemetery, until this year. Hopkins said the program has been possible thanks to the generosity of donors and sponsors.
Veterans were honored Saturday morning at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi.
Maroney ordered nearly 500 wreaths.
More than 50 service members teamed up with volunteers, and more than 35 other organizations to lay wreaths on the gravestones of veterans in recognition of 26th annual Wreaths Across America Day at Ivy Green Cemetery in Bremerton, Wash., Dec. 16.
Local residents, veterans groups, Boy Scout troops and others braved frigid temperatures to partake in what Willette, a Military Order of the Purple Heart member, described as "a real big community event". "The ones that lost everything they had so we can have our freedom of today". "It's kinda hard to put into words".
Wreaths Across America began in 2006 when the the Worcester Wreath Company began donating holiday wreaths in tribute to veterans laid to rest. Faxon asked the participants to also brush the snow off the headstones as another sign of respect.
"It's good to see so many people here today", Watkins said before the ceremony. She said much of the credit should go to Faxon who used the local media to spread the word of the event and why it's important.
The Wreaths Across America caravan traveled earlier this month from Columbia Falls, Maine, where the wreaths were made.
"What the actual wreath laying is for is to remember, honor, and teach individuals they should remember the veterans that come before us and fallen and honor them by laying a wreath", said Shawn Howren, location coordinator.