Updated: September 30, 2022
Today, on National Wreaths Across America Day at 2,557 participating locations, dedicated Americans in every state honored our nation’s heroes by safely placing a total of 1.7 million veterans’ wreaths on their headstones and remembering them, by saying each name out loud.
The Maui County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol was the official location sponsor for the “National Wreaths Across America Day” event on Maui, held today at the Maui Veterans Cemetery in Makawao.
“The 2020 theme for Wreaths Across America has been ‘Be an American worth fighting for,’ and this year I have been blessed to see my fair share,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America. “The determination of the American people and their commitment to the mission to Remember, Honor, Teach, made it possible for us to move forward this year, safely. We are humbled, and forever grateful for the outpouring of support from all across the country.”
The program’s mission is to remember the fallen, honor those that serve and their families, and teach the next generation the value of freedom.
Each live, balsam veteran’s wreath is a gift of respect and appreciation, donated by a private citizen or organization and it is placed on graves by volunteers as a small gesture of gratitude for the freedoms Americans enjoy.
For centuries, fresh evergreens have been used as a symbol of honor and have served as a living tribute renewed annually. Wreaths Across America believes the tradition represents a living memorial that honors veterans, active duty military and their families and when volunteers say the name of a veteran out loud, when placing a wreath, it ensures they live on in our memory.
Original source: https://mauinow.com/2020/12/19/maui-civil-air-patrol-participates-in-national-wreaths-across-america-day-in-makawao/