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Wreaths Across America Honors Our Veterans [GALLERY]


By: Lanetra Bennett
December 9, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Thousands of Christmas wreaths will be laid at the Arlington National Cemetery this week to honor those who are serving, or have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Those military heroes were honored at Florida's Capitol Monday.

The three rifle volleys and the playing of Taps honor the men and women who are serving or have served in the armed forces, and those who have died.

This year's Laying of the Wreaths ceremony at the Florida Capitol was dedicated to veterans of the Korean War, also referred to as the Forgotten War.

"For those of us who served there, it will never be forgotten." Says, Retired Major John Haynes.

Haynes says he will never forget being wounded during one of the attacks on Bunker Hill during the war. He says, "I was hit by a mortar shell, not directly, but, it landed very close to me. I had shrapnel wounds in several parts of my body. I was blown up against an embankment, which was jagged rocks. I had a concussion."

The ceremony is a part of the national "Wreaths Across America" project that emulates the laying of Christmas wreaths on grave sites at Arlington Cemetery.

The Leon County School District sponsored Monday's ceremony in Tallahassee.

Jackie Pons, Leon County Schools Superintendent, says, "It's probably one of the most important things we do in education is to remember those that have served our country, those that went away to fight in wars and that didn't come back. We should never forget them."

"Freedom comes at a very, very high price." Says, Major Haynes. He adds, "I have a couple of prostheses in my spine to hold my spine together. But, I'm still a proud American and proud to have had the opportunity to serve my country. And I will do it all over again."

The Arlington Wreath Program started in 1992. It's held in more than 300 spots in every state.

This is the fourth year for the event in Tallahassee.


News Release: Leon County Schools

You’re invited to attend the Fourth Annual Wreath’s Across America Dedication in the Capital Rotunda at 12:00pm on Monday, December 9th.

This year’s program will be dedicated to those Veterans that served in the Korean War. Major John Haynes, US Army (Ret) will be the keynote speaker.

We hope that you will be able to join us.


About the Program:

Wreaths Across America was formed as an extension of the Arlington Wreath Project. The Arlington Wreath program was started by Morrill Worcester in 1992 with the donation and laying of 5,000 Christmas wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery.

The project received National attention. Thousands of requests poured in from all over the country from people wanting to emulate the Arlington project at their National and State cemeteries spurred the creation of “Wreaths Across America.”

By 2008, over 300 locations held wreath laying ceremonies in every state, Puerto Rico and 24 overseas cemeteries. The wreath laying is now held annually and this is the fourth year for the event in Tallahassee. We collectively thank our military and their families for “Our Freedom!”


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