Remembering, honoring, teaching

Saturday, December 16, Wreaths Across America Ceremonies were held throughout all fifty states to – Remember. Honor. Teach. The Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery hosted the local one sponsored by Veterans Band of Corpus Christi, Texas.

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As the large crowd of young and old began to fill the chairs in the assembly area, members of the Combat Veteran Motorcycle Association and the Patriot Guard Riders escorted the semitrailer carrying the wreaths from Walmart to the cemetery then joined others on the avenue of flags.

 

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The Veterans Band provided patriotic music as the chairs and standing room in the assembly area filled. Attendees warmly welcomed Ram Chaves as he made the opening remarks.

 

As the ceremony came to a conclusion, volleys followed by taps signaled the time for the laying of the wreaths. Each person in line quietly took a wreath from the young volunteers then found the interment site of their veteran family member or friend.

Volunteers then continued laying wreaths until every grave site held one. As the volunteers placed a wreath on a veteran’s grave, they were encouraged to speak the veteran’s name aloud, thank them for their service and sacrifice, and reflect on that person and their life.

“To be killed in war is not the worst that can happen. To be lost is not the worst that can happen…to be forgotten is the worst.” ~Pierre Claeyssens (1909-2003)