Veterans Home to host wreath-laying ceremony on December 16

Veterans Home to host wreath-laying ceremony on December 16

Today, the nonprofit announced that the national theme for 2017 is "I'm an American".

It's all part of the annual Wreaths Across America convoy.

The Houston chapter has been performing its wreath laying ceremony at the Houston National Cemetery on Veterans Memorial Drive for 10 years following its founding by father and son Scott and Alex deMasi. When the words of his song "I'm an American" were sung by a group of enthusiastic school children from Kennebunk Elementary School in Kennebunk, Maine, during a stop on the escort of wreaths to Arlington last December, it took on new meaning for the organization.

The wreaths arrived Tuesday morning at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery, and several people are volunteering their time to help with preparations, including the truck drivers who brought the wreaths.

Jackie Reyes, administrative officer for the Houston National Cemetery, said the organization usually gets all 76,000 grave sites covered with wreaths that donors can sponsor for $15. They're the protectors they are the freedom fighters. "We're here to remember ... their lives".

Volunteers from Wreaths Across America and Gulfview United Methodist Church prepared for Saturday's laying ceremony Wednesday and Kent-Forest Lawn Cemetery in Panama City. "We need to be the freedom care-takers", said Wreaths Across America Executive Director Karen Worcester. This is a great opportunity for all generations to show respect for those who served our country.

It was part of a weeklong caravan that makes its way along the East Coast through DE and Maryland to Arlington National Cemetery.

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