Wreaths Across America, Grand Island


On Saturday at the chapel of the Veterans Home in Grand Island, service men, women, veterans, and families joined the ‘Wreaths Across America' event.

Wreaths Across America is part of a tradition that takes place each year around Christmas.

Margaret Klimek, who has three sons -- two in the Navy and one in the army, called the armed forces a family affair. For Klimek and many families alike the event was very special.

Klimek said, "We try to be involved as much as we can in everything; for the people that didn't survive any of wars, we are praying for them."

Across the nation fallen soldiers were remembered.

Roger Schleicher, a Navy Veteran, said, "It was started by one person back in Maine. It started by putting a wreath on a tombstone and it's as large as it is now."

It's so large, the Worcester Wreath Company donates seven memorial wreaths to state and national cemeteries across the country, dozens abroad, and 10,000 to the Arlington National Cemetery where the tradition began more than 20 years ago.

Ceremonies are almost identical nationwide -- with members of the armed forces placing seven memorial wreaths.

Each wreath represents a different area of the armed forces: the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and POW/MIAs.

They'll keep the wreaths at the chapel and veterans home staff will move them to the cemetery following Sunday services.