|Posted by hfalk on December 12, 2019 at 8:50 PM|
As I come close to my 7th year volunteering for Wreaths Across America, I would like to reflect on how this organization has greatly impacted me. First, I would like to thank my dad (@jeffreyfalk) for introducing me to this special volunteer opportunity. If it wasn't for him, we would have never had this tradition. Now, let's get started! Wreaths Across America is an organization where volunteers honor American heroes by laying wreaths on their graves. WAA has over 1000 locations nationwide that participate every December in the wreath laying. Although this will be my seventh year participating, I look forward to our trip to Washington every year. Each year is almost never the same, and is always memorable in several ways. One highlight is that each year we are greeted by more and more trucks, which means more wreaths to lay! Although there is one thing that stays the same, their mission statement remember, honor and teach, which is consistent from the beginning. It's amazing to think that everyone is there for the same reason(s), to remember our fallen, honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice and teach the younger generation how important our current and former service members are. The role that they play is unbelievable, and with over 60,000 volunteers, it's clear that they are making a difference. Each year the volunteer rate grows larger and larger, and last year was one of the largest turnouts [from what I could notice.] Even though it was raining last year, that did not turn volunteers away [which it shouldn't, for all that the soldiers laid to rest sacrificed, walking in the rain for a few hours to honor them is the least we can do.] As I have watched Wreaths Across America grow these past 6 years, I am even more excited to see what the future holds for them. If you would like to donate to WAA, and their mission, I will leave the link below. Many thanks to the organizers of Wreaths Across America for helping Americans remember, honor and teach.