Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Commander, Legion Family Help Lay 12,000 Wreaths at Saratoga
New York State American Legion Commander Gary Schacher and a contingent of Legionnaires and Legion Riders joined some 2,000 volunteers at Saratoga National Cemetery on Dec. 15 to lay wreaths on the graves of veterans as part of Wreaths Across America Day. (See Wreaths Across America Reflection.)“It was such an HONOR to participate with laying wreaths,” said Commander Schacher. “It was great to see such a huge crowd of volunteers expressing appreciation and remembrance during the holiday season to those that served our Country,,. We will never forget.”
Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Anita Martin, one of the event coordinators, said more than 2,000 volunteers signed up to help lay the wreaths, the Glens Falls Post-Star reported. Following a ceremony that featured Civil Air Patrol and Air Force speakers, the volunteers spread out across the cemetery to lay a total of 12,000 wreaths.
Schacher noted that the mission of Wreaths Across America is to “Remember, Honor and Teach.”“REMEMBER: Our Fallen U.S. Veterans“HONOR: Those That Serve“TEACH: Your Children The Value Of Freedom.”
Wreaths Across America began in 1992 at Arlington National Cemetery. Since then, it has expanded to over 1,000 sites around the country.