Leafy greens grower-shipper spreads wreaths across America


For the past four years members of Country Garden Club have organized this local gathering and invited the local American Legion, the community, Cub Scouts and Girl Scours to join this day of remembrance.

Several other local groups were involved in Wreaths Across America, including the boys soccer team at Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, which laid wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery; and St. Rita Cub Scout Pack No. 522, which laid wreaths at St. Mary's Cemetery in Alexandria.

"There are a lot of people still out there in harm's way during the holiday", he said, "and this is something we can do to remember those who fought for our freedom and also to honor those who are still serving".

A handful of military veterans braved the freezing weather Saturday to pay tribute to those who served, and are serving, in the military during one of many "Wreaths Across America" ceremonies in the country. Four years later, he participated in the landing at Normandy and then became the Military Governor of Cherbourg and Paris, France.

By 2008, more than 300 locations were sites for wreath-laying, with more than 100,000 placed on veterans' graves.

"Our first ceremony was last December at Soldiers Walk in Arcadia, Wisconsin's Memorial Park", recalled Steve Ralston, director of safety at Ashley Distribution Services and a U.S. Army veteran.

"The Wreaths Across America is just a way of honor all the veterans that have served in the past and are now serving, its just a way to honor our veterans", said Tom Hall, Cemetery Program Manager Fort Harrison.

Volunteers distributed 509 wreaths throughout the Hot Springs cemetery after a formal opening ceremony led by South Dakota Representative Tim Goodwin.

Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, president and CEO of Garner Trucking Inc. and vice chairman of the American Trucking Association, has donated the use of patriotic, custom-painted Freightliner trucks, as well as volunteer drivers, for five years. As one of the largest corporate supporters of WAA, Walmart donated $215,000 to help purchase more than 23,000 wreaths for placement at national cemeteries and memorial sites around the US, including Great Lakes National Cemetery. And the people really enjoy seeing it.