Wreaths Across America lays almost 2,000 wreaths in Aiken County

Wreaths Across America lays almost 2,000 wreaths in Aiken County
Wreaths sit at graves of veterans as part of Wreaths Across America (Lex Juarez)

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Wreaths Across America lays almost 2,000 wreaths in Aiken County

Wreaths Across America laid around 2,000 wreaths in a total of seven cemeteries across Aiken County on December 15. This was made possible by an upwards of $25,000 donated by community businesses.

Hundreds came out to pay respects and honor our servicemen by placing wreaths at their grave-sights. Anne Bowman came to the event for the first time. She said, “It’s an emotional experience. So many people have chosen to be part of something larger than themselves.” She waited until her son was old enough to understand the meaning of the wreaths before she went to a ceremony.

She said, “I wanted to teach Michael about what it is to sacrifice and be part of something larger than yourself, and anyone who joins the military does exactly that.” Major General Bob Livingston added, “(Youth) need to understand what came before them so they can shape their future. They also need to understand service. It doesn’t have to be military service, but service somewhere. Because what makes life meaningful is that you’re serving something other than yourself.”

As people laid wreaths down, they were instructed to say the names of the veteran out loud. Major General Livingston explained, "The only thing the family asks,is that we don’t forget those servicemembers, so it’s important to say those names, and it’s important to put those wreaths out. Bowman said, “It is hard to say the person’s name when you put the wreath down, and I’m glad. I’m glad I was able to honor somebody’s memory.” Bowman said she does understand why it’s important, and that it’s a reminder of the bigger picture.

As people laid wreaths down, they were instructed to say the names of the veteran out loud. Major General Livingston explained, "The only thing the family asks, is that we don’t forget those servicemembers, so it’s important to say those names, and it’s important to put those wreaths out. Bowman said, “It is hard to say the person’s name when you put the wreath down, and I’m glad. I’m glad I was able to honor somebody’s memory.” Bowman said she does understand why it’s important, and that it’s a reminder of the bigger picture.

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