DARIEN, Conn. – Darien joined other communities across the nation in honoring veterans Saturday with a Wreaths Across America ceremony at Spring Grove Cemetery.
Wreaths Across America, an organization that began in 1992, pays tribute to veterans each holiday season. In cemeteries across the country and overseas, simultaneous ceremonies are held and wreaths are laid on the graves of veterans to honor their service. The leaders of Wreaths Across America travel each year from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery, where a national ceremony is held.
A total of 951 wreaths were laid at Spring Grove Cemetery by volunteers led by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Good Wife’s River Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Darien Monuments and Ceremonies Commission, the Darien High School Support Our Soldiers group, Darien Boy Scout Troops 35 and 53, and Darien Youth Hockey.
“The freedoms we enjoy today have not come without a price. Lying here before us and in cemeteries throughout this nation are men and women who gave their lives so that we can live in freedom and without fear,” said Darien VFW head Phil Kraft, who led the ceremony Saturday.
Kraft encouraged those gathered to thank veterans whenever they meet one. He also suggested that those laying wreaths on graves should take a moment to write down the names of the veterans who are buried there, and research them later to learn more about them.
“Many of you here are veterans of wars and conflicts that America has had to fight to protect the innocent and the oppressed,” Kraft said. “American has always been the first nation to stand up for freedom of people from around the world. Many of you here today have answered that call and served your country well. We are here today to say thank you and we are honored to know you.”
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