A Circle of Respect

A Circle of Respect

Photo credit:  Donna Kellock . . . thank you!

With so many forms of decoration on display almost everywhere we look at this time of year, I had not really stopped to consider the origins of the ubiquitous wreath. Most often made of evergreen branches because they’re, well, Ever Green, the circular shape of a wreath symbolizes God and eternity:  no beginning and no end. What could be more fitting as a hallmark of Christmas?!

While I try to make seasonal updates to the flowers at Larry’s grave in our local cemetery, where the view at Memorial Day is like a garden palette, I haven’t yet changed the Fall bouquet to Winter. (Note to self: get that done this week!) Maybe I’ve been in denial about the approaching change of seasons and the coming colder months, even while knowing that playing ostrich won’t forestall the inevitable.

Yesterday, December 16, 2017, was this year’s National Wreaths Across America Day, did you know that? What began in 1992 as a personal tribute at Arlington Cemetery by a man named Morrill Worcester, and grew into a non-profit organization started in 2007, Wreaths Across America (WAA), collects donations and marshals volunteers to place evergreen wreaths at more than 1,200 locations each year before Christmas. Several ladies from my local DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) chapter made the trip to the National Cemetery at Higginsville, Missouri, yesterday to assist in this endeavor. They joined many other participants in placing 900 wreaths at the graves of veterans there, saying aloud the name at each stone as they went, and offering their silent gratitude and respect.

The WAA website outlines their motto of Remember, Honor, Teach, and the ways in which they facilitate these goals. They have a museum at their headquarters in Columbia Falls, Maine, and participate in veterans’ programs throughout the year. They promote programs to assist in helping our nation’s children to learn “about the value of their freedoms and the importance of honoring those who sacrificed so much to protect those freedoms.” Check out their web page here:  http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org  

Consider joining their efforts, if you will. Let us always remember those who served to protect our national freedom with this symbol of Him who provided us with the most enduring freedom of all, a life everlasting.

Merry Christmas!