HOUSTON - Remembrance wreaths are now resting on thousands of gravestones across America. The annual December tradition is a way to honor those who served our country.
At the Houston National Cemetery, community members placed hundreds of wreaths at the graves of fallen service men and women.
The wreath-laying ceremony drew a large crowd, including the mother of a fallen solider. “It’s still very hard for me,” she said as she talked about her son Anthony Maddox. “He was so loveable,” she said of her 22-year old son who died in Afghanistan in 2013.
Maddox’s family volunteered to lay wreaths on gravestones. Richard Gonzalez and his granddaughter Marissa Salazar were also among the volunteers.
“I just wanted to honor those fought for the country,” said Salazar. “So I just wanted to come out here and help.”
“She just enjoys it, doing something for her Popo,” said Gonzalez. “And hopefully someday, somebody will do it for me."
About Wreaths Across America:
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization's mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at thousands of veterans' cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. For more information, to sponsor wreaths or to sign up to volunteer, click here.
Logging video on the #WreathsAcrossAmerica ceremony at the #HoustonNationalCemetery. This moment between a grandpa and his granddaughter has me crying at my computer. Honoring those who served is never limited to a generation. #khou11 pic.twitter.com/zEJtIFGv4Q— Melissa Correa (@MCorreaKHOU) December 16, 2017
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