December 2020

Every year, the Wreaths Across America Program coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 2,100 locations across the United States, at sea and abroad. From the Revolutionary War to present day conflicts, our veterans are devoted sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers. They come from all backgrounds in life to place their lives on the line for our freedoms. While we continue to honor our Veterans in the fall with Veterans Day and in the spring with Memorial Day, it is important to remember that our service members sacrifice their time and safety every single day of the year to preserve our freedoms.

In many homes, there is an empty seat for one who is serving or one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. There is no better time to express appreciation than during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. In Vernon, the Van Blarcom family started the local  Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremony at the Glenwood Cemetery in 2014 with students who were then in GMMS. This year, despite the 10 degree temperatures and accumulated snow some of those students along with students from almost every school in the district participated in this Saturday’s community event.  COVID, virtual school, and isolation did not deter the volunteers from  committing their own time to be part of this very important memorial ceremony for over 200 interred veterans. 

Rolling Hills student Chloe Van Blarcom placing a wreath.

“Remember, Honor, Teach”