On Saturday, December 17, 44,000 volunteers braved the ice and rain to place 245,000 remembrance wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery.
Millbrook High School Seniors, Jack Mannarino and Tony Crone were included in the volunteers that marked the 25th year of wreaths being placed at Arlington National Cemetery. The event organizers, Wreaths Across America set the theme for this year’s event as #SayTheirNames. As we lay our wreath, we were asked to say the names on the stones.
When asked why he wanted to be a part of this event, Tony said, “I thought it would be cool way to show my respect.”
“I wanted to go because it’s important to remember what they did for us,” said Jack. “As we walked through the acres upon acres of the cemetery, you couldn’t help but think about the lives given for our Freedom.”
The end result was Tony’s favorite. “Seeing what we all just did, the rows of pine and ribbons.” And Jack’s favorite? “I enjoyed seeing how many people came to help!”
After our visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, we headed back to bus taking time to take in the breathtaking views.
Story submitted by Barbara Crone