Every holiday season, many Americans make their way to their local cemeteries to honor veterans by placing wreaths on the headstones of military members across the country. This year, President Donald Trump even made a visit.
Wreaths Across America organizes 1,400 wreath-laying events with one of their largest locations being Arlington National Cemetery.
“Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.”
On Saturday morning, thousands of patriotic Americans made their way to their local cemetery to place the holiday wreaths.
Thousands turned out for the wreath-laying ceremony at the Arlington Cemetery. It was an emotional tribute and unforgettable day to see so many people come together to honor those who sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms. #WreathsAcrossAmerica @DailyCaller #America ❤️🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/o4AAbwk9fO
— Stephanie Hamill (@STEPHMHAMILL) December 15, 2018
Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who came out on a rainy day to help place wreaths on graves in our 3 Veterans cemeteries! Your efforts were nothing short of awesome!
This beautiful photo stands as testimony to your work.
THANKS FOR SUPPORTING WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA! pic.twitter.com/C3rHLvyzwE
— knoxwreaths (@BillVva) December 15, 2018
It was an honor for Sheridan Army JROTC to provide the Color Guard and to participate in the “Wreaths Across America” ceremony at the Little Rock National Cemetery. pic.twitter.com/DpEq8DVteK
— SHS JROTC (@shsajrotc) December 15, 2018
It was an honor to be the keynote speaker at the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Florence National Cemetery today. Very moving to see hundreds out to lay wreaths on thousands of graves. Today we remember fallen heroes, honor those that serve and educate our next generation. pic.twitter.com/s1twQs2jTD
— Ed Piotrowski (@EdPiotrowski) December 15, 2018
Although it was a rainy day in Arlington, Virginia, it didn’t keep the volunteers away. Thousands tended to each headstone to honor those whose sacrifice made it possible for Americans to celebrate the holiday season as they choose.
This year, President Trump even made an unannounced visit to see the wreaths and pay his respects to those who gave their lives.
Trump making unannounced visit to Arlington National Cemetery for wreath-laying event pic.twitter.com/EyaD5ABVQq
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) December 15, 2018
Another photo of Trump visiting Arlington National Cemetery this afternoon. 🎄 pic.twitter.com/OBVH9JAc69
— Cheryl Bolen Smelson (@cherylbolen) December 15, 2018
President Trump visits Arlington National Cemetery on Wreaths Across America Day, a day when holiday wreaths are laid in tribute to US veterans pic.twitter.com/In0jUSroOn
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 15, 2018
In the past week, First Lady Melania has honored those who serve and have served in the armed forces. As IJR previously reported, the first lady stopped at several military bases to meet with soldiers and their families before the holidays.
The first lady told reporters that she loves visiting the children of those serving in the military, saying, “As a mother, I feel children are the most precious gift of all. They provide so much joy in life.”
Clearly, the first family keeps the sacrifice of the Americans who serve in the armed services in the front of their minds during the holiday season.