2018 Wreaths Across America at U.S. Soldiers and Airmen’s National Cemetery

15 December 2018, Mt Airy Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, transported seven cadets and three senior members to the U.S. Soldiers and Airmen’s National Cemetery and participated in the National Wreaths Across America Day. Volunteers were undaunted by persistent rainfall. Cadet First Lieutenant Raegan Buzzard instructed new cadets in the customs and courtesies observed when laying a wreath. Cadets Dylan Marty, Alex Rolfe, Jacob Spence, Micah Mulhern and Dimitry Madsen were first time attendees and performed their honor guard duties admirably. 

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, volunteers gather for a coordinated wreath-laying event that occurs at more than 1,400 locations; across this country, at sea and abroad. The mission is to REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those who served and TEACH the value of freedom. These are concepts Civil Air Patrol embraces in their core values of respect, integrity and volunteer service. Civil Air Patrol has been a supporter of Wreaths Across America since its inception in 1992.

The U.S. Soldiers and Airmen’s National Cemetery, Washington D.C., is one of the original national cemeteries established by Congress in 1862. In addition to Arlington National Cemetery, it falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Army as an Army National Military Cemetery. The total size is nearly sixteen acres.  The initial six acres were quickly filled to capacity between 1861-1864 and it is the final resting place for residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, located on the south end of the property. Only 53 percent of total 14,000 plus graves received wreath sponsors. With an obvious shortage of wreaths, special attention was paid to the headstone of unknown soldiers. Join us as we begin the process all over again for December 14, 2019. Sponsor a wreath through our group, Mt Airy Composite Squadron, search by location, Mt Airy, Maryland. 

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