Wreaths will adorn the tombstones of fallen American soldiers in both France and the U.S. this Christmas season, because of Wreaths Across America, the organization that leaves the tributes at Arlington cemetery every year.
On Dec. 1, volunteers placed more than 9,000 wreaths at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. It is one of 14 permanent cemeteries for U.S. soldiers killed in World War II abroad.
“Our goal at Wreaths Across America is to honor and remember all those who served and sacrificed for the freedoms we as Americans enjoy every day,” Chairman Wayne Hanson said. “To be given the opportunity and support needed to advance our mission to Normandy is truly a gift and we intend to continue to move forward until one day, all U.S veterans laid to rest are honored.”
Soldiers buried in the U.S. will be remembered Dec. 15, National Wreaths Across America Day.
The American-made wreaths destined for Arlington National Cemetery left Maine Dec. 8 in a caravan that stopped at schools and memorials in several states as they made their way down to Washington.
Those interested in joining the event can look up the nearest participating cemetery on the Wreaths Across America website.