Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas at Arlington National Cemetery

Christmas wreaths adorn headstones at Arlington National Cemetery. "The annual wreath laying event is the result of Worcester Wreath Company's owner Morrill Worcester's childhood dream of doing something to honor those laid to rest in the national cemetery."
"Hundreds of volunteers gather at Arlington National Cemetery to place more than 5,000 donated wreaths on head stones."
"Tech. Sgt. Scott Glassic places a wreath on a headstone."
"An Arlington Honor Guardsman walks his post past the tomb of the Unknown Solider. The tomb was one of more than 5,000 headstones decorated by volunteers."
Website by Senior Airman J. G. Buzanowski
All photos by Master Sgt. Jim Varhegyi

I had been thinking of all our valiant soliders, especially those serving overseas in dangerous situations, and their families. I also heard a wonderful song on the radio paying tribute to our nation's servicemen and women and how they would not be home for Christmas. Out of the blue, I received an email with the first photo attached. I then googled "Arlington National Cemetery at Christmas" and found the above mentioned website.
I encourage you to watch a most moving video tribute (it is the one at the very bottom of the page) created by the Worcester Wreath Company for a "visual way of saying thank you-to those who serve, to those we've lost, and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy the freedoms of this Country."

May we remember them especially on Christmas morning and pause and give thanks for their service and sacrifice so we have the freedom to celebrate Christ and His birth in our homes, in our country. May we always remember our freedoms came from the great sacrifice of others and their loved ones.

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