On Saturday, December 15, 2018, at 11:00 AM, the national non-profit organization, Wreaths Across America will be at Houston National Cemetery to honor veterans through the laying of remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud.
Ceremonies will be taking place in all 50 states and abroad.
Each year, a new theme is chosen to help supporters focus their messaging and outreach in their own communities and the theme for 2018 is “Be their witness.”
The inspiration for this year’s theme stems from the 2009 drama “Taking Chance,” which was based on the experiences of U.S. Marine Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl, who escorted the body of a fallen Marine, PFC Chance Phelps back to his hometown in Wyoming from the Iraq War. “Through the Wreaths Across America program, we are ensuring that the lives of our men and women in uniform are remembered, not their deaths. It is our responsibility as Americans, to be their witness and to share their stories of service and sacrifice with the next generation.”
In 2017, more than 1.5 million veteran wreaths were placed on headstones at 1,422 participating cemeteries around the country in honor of the service and sacrifices made for our freedoms, with each name said out loud.
Why does WAA do what it does?
Veterans are honored on Veterans Day in the fall and Memorial Day in the spring. But our service men and women sacrifice their time and safety every single day of the year, to preserve our freedoms. At many homes, there is an empty seat for one who is serving or one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country. WAA honors our veterans every day.