Paying Our Respect To Our Veterans…. Laying A Wreath On Their Cemetery.
This past Saturday, I took our four kids to the Agawam Veteran’s Memorial Cemetary located in Massachusetts for the annual “Wreaths Across America” Day. This is a day, where every Veteran across America gets a wreath placed on their cemetery marker. We are lucky to live about 45 minutes away from our local Veteran’s 0emetery, and we can honor those who have served our country.
Agawam Memorial Cemetery
It was a perfect morning to lay wreaths! The kids and I woke up to a blanket of snow! We bundled up and set out to go to the Agawam Memorial Veteran’s Cemetery in Agawam, Massachusetts. When we arrived, there were many cars lining the streets heading towards the cemetery.It was a perfect morning to lay wreaths! The kids and I woke up to a blanket of snow! We bundled up and set out to go to the Agawam Memorial Veteran’s Cemetery in Agawam, Massachusetts. When we arrived, there were many cars lining the streets heading towards the cemetery.
As we got closer to the entrance, we noticed flags being held by volunteers. What a beautiful display it was! It was wonderful looking around at all the various veteran’s groups and volunteers who wanted to spend their morning honoring our Nations Heros.
The local chapter of Wreaths for America introduced themselves and had our pledge to the American flag. They instructed us to go to various stations around the cemetery that had wreaths, and only take one. When we place the wreath on each marker, we are to say the name out loud and thank them for their service to the country. ` The kiddos were the most nervous about not being able to pronounce someone’s name correctly. We were also advised to respect our Nations Heros who may be Jewish, Athiest, Wiccan, or other religious/nonreligious participants, and not place a wreath on their stone. However, still thank them for their service and say their name out loud.
We first visited my husband’s Grandfather, who recently passed away last month. The kids laid a wreath in honor of him and their Great Grandmother.
We continued going around the cemetery laying wreaths at stones that did not have one. We also said the names out loud of some individuals who could not receive wreaths for religious reasons.
Honor To Our Veterans
As we went around, I took various photos. The had beautiful monuments with saying for Veterans. I also photographed a beautiful shot of our flag and the Massachusetts flag.
All in all, we had a beautiful time. I am so blessed to share this tradition with our kiddos, and have asked them to continue this tradition into adulthood and when they have their own. It is important to remember the freedom we are privileged to have in America truly isn’t free. We have the many Veteran’s to thank for. Just like Toby Keith said in his song, “Some gave some, but some gave all”. Thank you, Veteran’s, Happy Holidays.