American unity on display on Wreaths Across America Day

Clark County organizations and volunteers participate in the national event by placing wreaths at Evergreen Memorial Gardens

Sen. Lynda Wilson and Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle joined area organizations and volunteers Saturday at Evergreen Memorial Gardens on National Wreaths Across America Day. The Vancouver site was one of more than 4,225 locations across the country to participate in the annual event.

Photo by Andi Schwartz
Photo by Andi Schwartz

Among the organizations participating in the Vancouver event were the Lewis & Clark Young Marines, Patriot Guard Riders, Bright Eyes Dove Release, Rounds Design, Bagpiper Goose Baur, Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 7824 and the Community Military Appreciation Committee. Those that gathered remembered our nation’s heroes as they said their names aloud, honoring the veterans this year. 

Photo by Andi Schwartz
Photo by Andi Schwartz

Wreaths Across America thanked the communities, dedicated volunteers, and generous sponsors for coming together in unity and supporting those who have protected our freedom. Each person has played a part in the year-long mission to remember the fallen, honor those who serve, and teach the next generation the value of freedom. 

“What I love most about this day, and this mission, is that it is so much more than just the placement of a wreath. The wreath is the catalyst, it brings together communities – families and strangers — to learn about those who have served and sacrificed,” said Karen Worcester, executive director Wreaths Across America. “We have more than three million volunteers across the country and a third of them are children. This mission and the events happening today provide the opportunity to teach kids about what freedom is.”

Photo by Andi Schwartz
Lewis & Clark Young Marines. Photo by Andi Schwartz

For centuries, fresh evergreens have been used to symbolize honor and a living tribute renewed annually. Wreaths Across America believes the tradition represents a living memorial that honors veterans, active-duty military, and their families. When volunteers say the name of a veteran aloud while placing a wreath, it ensures they live on in our hearts and memories and are always remembered. 

For more information about the year-long mission and ways to get involved in your own community, visit National Wreaths Across America Day 2024 will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Photos by Andi Schwartz

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