Wreaths Across America Presents Kid's Corner
The three objectives of the Wreaths Across America mission are to remember our fallen heroes, honor those who currently serve, and teach younger generations the value of freedom. It’s that last objective that most would agree is vital. President Ronald Reagan may have said it best when he said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
More and more families participate with Wreaths Across America in wreath-laying ceremonies across the country, and about a third of the organizations’ volunteers are young people. In a new monthly feature called Kid’s Corner, Wreaths Across America is recognizing youth volunteers who step up to do their part making sure no hometown hero is forgotten. You can read about their efforts in our monthly newsletter, hear more of their actual interview on Wreaths Radio on Friday mornings, and check out some of their photos on our Facebook pages.
It was Lane Sisk’s seventh birthday when his parents realized the message to remember, honor, and teach was resonating with their son. Lane explains it best. “Instead of getting presents, I asked people to donate money for wreaths. My uncle was in the Army, and one of his friends died, so I wanted to help with that.”
Lane and his family volunteered to lay veterans’ wreaths at Little Rock National Cemetery and the money he raised in 2019 went to the Arkansas Run for the Fallen sponsorship group. Lane also had the distinct honor to be asked to lead the Pledge of Allegiance during the wreaths ceremony leading up to wreath-laying and saying their names. He shared with us that he was, “a little nervous.”
According to Lane, his younger brother Max is involved too, and the brothers have been quite successful already in getting wreath sponsorships, even though his eighth birthday doesn’t roll around until the end of March. “We had a goal of 100 wreaths and we already have 94,” he explains. “We built a website, and I tell people we’re helping to get wreaths for Army men’s graves to honor them.” The Sisk brothers are taking the mission to heart and have decided to start their own sponsorship group page to support wreath-laying efforts at Little Rock National Cemetery in 2020, and beyond.
Thanks, Lane and Max Sisk for helping us remember, honor, and teach. You can hear more from our Kid’s Corner interviews in our Kid’s Corner special reports on Fun Fridays during the Wreaths Across America Radio Morning Show.