Wreaths Across America Guest Blog
By George Vukovich
An ordinary wreath is transformed into a powerful symbol when it is leaning against the headstone of a fallen member of our military. The simple greenery becomes majestic, the red bow a bright beacon of hope and remembrance during the holiday season.
More than 1 million wreaths will be placed on the graves of the fallen on Saturday, December 17, 2016, when hundreds of thousands of volunteers gather on National Wreaths Across America Day at more than 1,000 participating cemeteries across the country. Volunteers participate in wreath-laying ceremonies to remember those who have given their lives, to honor those who serve and to teach younger generations about the value of their freedoms.
American Military University, with our strong military heritage, has proudly supported Wreaths Across America since 2011 and has again donated 1,000 wreaths for Arlington National Cemetery this year.
We were founded as American Military University (AMU) 25 years ago to educate those who serve. Our founder, a retired Marine Corps officer, envisioned an innovative way to offer quality and affordable education to our U.S. Armed Forces. We've since grown to serve a diverse population of military, public service and corporate professionals.
More Than 1000 Volunteers Will Come Together Again Next Month
In 2015, more than 1,000 members of the AMU community volunteered on Wreaths Across America Day at Arlington National Cemetery and 21 other locations nationwide. This December, our community will come together once again to support this important event at more than 30 locations.
Wreaths Across America Day is an emotional event for everyone, but especially for anyone who has served in the Armed Forces. The families of the fallen receive peace of mind knowing that in this one small expression of gratitude from others, their loved ones have not been forgotten.
Join volunteers across the country in laying wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers on December 17. When you do, please take a moment to read the name on the headstone and remember it is an honor to offer gratitude and feel that connection. It is an experience you will not soon forget.