Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Seth Coulter, Navy Public Affairs Support Element Det. Northwest
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) – Northwest Sailors participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at Ivy Green Cemetery as a part of Wreaths Across America in Bremerton, Wash., Dec. 13.
The ceremony, held by Wreaths Across America and Navy Wives Club of America Kitsap 46, commemorates all military members who gave their lives in service to our country.
“The freedoms we enjoy today didn’t come without a price,” said National Vice President of Navy Wives Club of America Joey Price, from Poulsbo, Wash. “We are here today to say thank you and are honored to do so.”
Members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force paid their respects to fallen comrades by each placing a small flag of their respective branches upon a wreath for their lost service members.
“Some answered the call of our nation in times of war while others served in what we would call times of peace, but not all of them were lucky enough to come home to the families they left behind,” said Naval Base Kitsap Commanding Officer Capt. Thomas Zwolfer, from Wood Dale, Ill. “This day is meant for us to remember their sacrifice and never forget the cost of war.”
The ceremony also included members outside of the military who wanted to show their respects to those who never came home.
“I’ve had past family members serve in the military and though we were lucky enough for them to come home, it’s nice to see how a community can come together to remember those who never did,” said Josephine Brand, from Chicago, Ill.
Wreaths Across America started in 1992 at the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. and was a quiet affair until 2005 when a photo of the wreaths covered in snow circulated the internet. From that year on the ceremony has grown exponentially and is now honored in all 50 states at more than 900 cemeteries.
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