Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Wreaths Across America

This past weekend, Jes and I took the kids to lay wreaths at the national cemetery here in Houston with an organization called Wreaths Across America.  This group purchases, ships and organizes thousands of volunteers to lay Christmas wreaths on the graves of veterans all across the country.

Honestly, I had never heard of this organization until someone in our Scout group mentioned it on our discussion board.  We like to do things like this, something that serves others that we can all be involved in, which can be a challenge to find.  

We got up bright and early and drove to a local mall, where we parked the car and hopped on a shuttle that took us to the cemetery.

Here's Caleb sitting with Jes.  The kids were a little too excited to be riding a bus since they've never been on one.  They've just not had a reason to be.

Here are the kids during the ceremony.  It was a beautiful tribute to all those men and women who have and do give up everything for our country.  I come from a long line of veterans, some of which never made it home from war, so it was very moving for me.

Here is just a small area of the cemetery in which we were working.  It was a sobering reminder of all those who served, just from our area.

This outing gave us some great talking points with the kids and giving of ourselves to help those whose family could not.  I'm so glad that we stumbled on this organization and we will be participating year after year!

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