A person dies twice: once when they take their final breath, and later, the last time their name is spoken.

When we lay wreaths on veterans' graves, we say their names.

We encourage every volunteer who places a wreath on a veteran's grave to say that veteran's name aloud and take a moment to thank them for their service to our country. It's a small act that goes a long way toward keeping the memory of our veterans alive. 

We are not here to “decorate graves." We're here to remember not their deaths, but their lives.

—Karen Worcester, Executive Director of Wreaths Across America