On Saturday December 15th, 2012 Bucks County Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Squadrons 101, 102, 104 & 1001 along with members of the Philadelphia Military Academy at Leeds, and Boy Scouts of America Pack 201 from Cedar Park Presbyterian Church-Philadelphia, all gathered together at the Philadelphia National Cemetery to honor our veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day.
Seven ceremonial wreaths were placed to remember all soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who served, honor their sacrifices, and teach our younger generations about the high cost of our freedoms.
Specially designated wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and POW/MIA were placed on the rostrum during a ceremony that featured a Cadet Honor Guard from the Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol. The ceremony was coordinated simultaneously at over 750 participating locations all across the Country, including Arlington National Cemetery.
In 2012 it is projected that over 400,000 wreaths will be placed nationwide, by over 150,000 volunteers as part of the Wreaths Across America mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach.
The Wreaths Across AmericaTM story began over 20 years ago when the Worcester Wreath Company from Harrington, Maine initiated a tradition of donating and placing wreaths on the headstones of our Nation’s fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery. Recognition of the service and sacrifice of our veterans, and their families, is especially poignant during the traditional holiday season.
Worcester Wreath Company continues to be a major supporter of the project, donating over 30,000 total wreaths in 2011. Over 400,000 wreaths will be sponsored by individuals, businesses, and groups from communities Nationwide. Wreaths will be placed in all 50 states from Maine to Alaska and Hawaii, and at 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil.