Wreaths Across America wreath-laying at Quantico National Cemetery on Saturday, December 12 at Noon.  There were about 20 volunteers in our group, which also included 10 Manassas Young Marines. 

It was a solemn ceremony on Memorial Circle with Marine Corps Color Guard, a wreath placed for each branch of service and a Bugler playing Taps.  After the ceremony, we walked back to Section 4 to place the wreaths.  I was amazed that it only took about 30 minutes for 200-300 volunteers to place wreaths on 1200 graves.  Volunteers were taking 4 to 8 wreaths at a time.  I felt a feeling of honor and respect for the veterans for whom I was placing a wreath.   We were asked to lay the wreath, read the name and give a moment of our time to appreciate the sacrifices made by that veteran.  It is a true day of patriotism.  If you were not able to attend, make plans for next year. 

We were short 400 wreaths so I am going to work even harder to get more sponsorships for 2010. 

I would like to hear your thoughts, feelings and/or comments on that day.

Thank you for your time, effort and sponsorship. 

Valerie Nealey
Past President

Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 7589


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