Wreaths Across America honors thousands of veterans at Agawam cemetery

Saul Bowman
December 17, 2017

After the ceremonial wreaths were all hung, Faxon asked attendees to take a wreath from a prepared stack and place them on the graves of the veterans buried on the home's campus.

The wreaths laid at the 2017 event, she noted, exceeded the 4,300 placed a year ago, but fell just 2,000 shy of filling the entire cemetery. "I am proud that we are recognizing our fallen soldiers today with wreaths", said Dean.

Saturday afternoon, volunteers gathered at Union Cemetery for a ceremony honoring each branch of the military and the POWs or Missing in Action, then fanned out to carry wreaths to each flag-marked grave.

Veterans salute after placing wreaths on graves Saturday at Alton National Cemetery during the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony. Watson serves as the Commander for the local Civil Air Patrol. "Today is a day to remember, to honor and to teach".

During the ceremony, a service member from each branch of the US armed forces carried a wreath, decorated with a red bow, to the cemetery's tomb of the Unknown Soldier monument, and rendered a salute. "As we pay our respects and honor these veterans, we must also remember that each one of them was an individual who had a family and friends, and left a legacy of their own. We are a better community and better nation because of them". It's part of the Wreaths Across America program.

"It's because of his service, and the service of others, that we're able to live our lives as we do and enjoy the freedoms we have, that we're able to come together - even disagree if we want", she said.

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