‘Wreaths’ events were solemn, beautiful

Published 9:02 am Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The “Wreaths Across America” ceremonies in Bogalusa were once again a beautiful and inspiring way to remind all citizens about the price paid by members of the military throughout history.

The national Wreaths Across America campaign began in 1992 as a way for the Worcester Wreath Company of Massachusetts to donate its surplus wreaths to adorn gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. In 2014, similar wreaths were placed at more than 700,000 veterans’ gravesites in more than 1,000 different cemeteries, including Bogalusa Cemetery and Ponemah Cemetery.

It is certainly proper and respectful to honor veterans any time of the year, but it seems especially fitting to do so at Christmas time. After all, these slain veterans gave the gift of their lives so that this nation could continue to be free. In this season of gift-giving, it is important to remember that ultimate sacrifice.

The wreaths on the tombstones serve as a visible and thought-provoking reminder of the countless lives lost on the battlefield throughout history.

We applaud the efforts of groups like the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled Veterans and all other volunteers who worked hard to put on these beautiful and impressive ceremonies.