Wreaths Across America Houston is taking place this Saturday, December 10, at the Houston National Cemetery starting at 11 AM. If you’ve never heard of this program, the group’s mission is to “Remember, Honor, and Teach.” Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and thanking our veterans for their service by laying wreaths on the headstones of fallen soldiers.
The story of how Wreaths Across America came to Houston is touching and should be read at the Wreaths Across America Houston website. Since it’s beginning here in Houston, the organization’s goal has been to lay a wreath on every single one of the 59,000+ headstones in the Houston National Cemetery. Last year, in 2010, 26,000 wreaths were placed and each of the four years of the program here in Houston has seen exponential growth. Started by just one boy and his father, this organization now has the support of the entire city behind it.
Due to the high traffic at the event, various shuttle services, bus services, and parking options are available to get visitors to the event. There is no requirement for visitors wanting to come. Visit the website for full info on transportation. Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather. The event is free and all are welcome. My son’s cub scout troop will be attending this year as it has every year since the beginning. We look forward to seeing all of the Houstonians who will come out and show respect and remembrance of our heroes sacrifice.