DVIDS – News – Wreaths Across America at Fort Sam Houston 2022
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HUSTON, Texas – Each year thousands of wreaths are placed on tombstones as a representation of eternal life as a tribute to fallen service members during the Wreaths Across America event in December.
Thousands of volunteers and representatives gather to honor fallen service members from all military branches at the Wreaths Across America event at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston hosts this event each year to honor wreaths across America at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. This year’s ceremony began at Cole High School’s football stadium, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
“We are all lifelong learners,” said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. John R. Evans, commanding general. “There are adults out there who are members, our neighbors, who don’t understand the level of sacrifice that so many have made to continue our way of life in this nation. Alongside our veterans in these cemeteries are also family members, wives, husbands and tragically sometimes even the children of those families. Each of them played a critical role in supporting their loved ones and their service members to provide our nation with that critical element of defense that ensures our way of life.
Evans acknowledges the importance of remembering the many fallen Soldiers.
“As you lay your wreath, or wreaths today, please keep in mind, not only that sacrifice, not just honoring what they are doing and what those who will come after them will do, but also take a moment to lesson. others about how important this is,” Evans said. “That’s why we come together and why every part of it is done through volunteers.”
Wreaths Across America is a year-long mission recognized in the month of December to remember and honor our veterans from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers across America participate in this wreath laying each year to honor the military and their families.
This year, over 40,000 wreaths were sponsored to be placed on graves at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery. This event was made possible with the dedication of thousands of volunteers who came out to show support.
Hundreds of thousands of people across America participate in this wreath laying each year to honor the military and their families.
Date Shot: 12/17/2022 Publication Date: 04/01/2023 3:41 PM Story ID: 436265 Location: FORT SAM HOUSTON, TX, USA Web Views: 9 Downloads: 0 PUBLIC DOMAIN
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