Honoring those who served in the military, the Yuba-Sutter area will again participate in placing wreaths on the graves of veterans this December. It’s an opportunity to reflect and remember those who served.
National Wreaths Across America Day, an event to honor deceased military veterans, will be Saturday, Dec. 14.
Tom Walther is an event volunteer and president of the Military Officers Association of America for six counties. He said the event was started years ago by a wreath-maker in Maine who delivered his extra wreaths to Arlington Cemetery, and has since grown to 1,600 cemeteries across the nation and abroad.
“A veteran dies twice,” Walther said. “When they take their last breath and when their name is last said.”
The wreath laying ceremony aims to combat that issue by having volunteers say the name of the veteran as a wreath is placed on their grave.
Walther said the greenery, called remembrance wreaths, can be donated for $15 dollars each and for every two wreaths purchased through the Yuba-Sutter Stand Down a third wreath will be donated at no cost.
This year wreaths will be placed at eight local cemeteries: Colusa Cemetery, Fairview Cemetery, Live Oak Cemetery, Meridian Cemetery, Sierra View Memorial Park, Sutter Cemetery, Wheatland/Lofton Cemetery and Yuba City Cemetery.
“Last year we had about 3,000,” Walther said of the number of wreaths laid in 2018. “It’s growing every year and I hope it continues.”