On Saturday, December 15th, our very own Eric Keyser volunteered to place wreaths on Veteran grave markers at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. He described the experience as “…a humbling, moving experience. It was an honor to pay tribute.”
This project is supported by “Wreaths across America,” an organization that coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery as well as 1,400 other locations in all 50 states. The ceremonies are held on National Wreaths Across America Day, which started in 1992, observed annually on the 3rd Saturday in December.
The mission of Wreaths across America is to Remember, Honor, and Teach – which is a mission that they live throughout the year. The organization reaches thousands of school, scout, civic and religious groups across the country through fundraising for wreath sponsorships, helping to reach their goal of placing a wreath on each hero’s grave. If you would like to learn more about Wreaths across America, you can visit their website at https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/.
We thought we’d share are a few pictures Eric snapped from his day spent at Arlington. Part of his motivation to volunteer came from his son-in-law and daughter who have careers in the U.S. Air Force. His son-in-law, Colonel J. Scott Gibson, is currently deployed in Kuwait, and his daughter, Major Kristen Keyser Gibson, is currently a legislative liaison between the Pentagon and Capitol Hill.
Eric was accompanied by his granddaughter. Neither let a bit of rainy weather stop the wreath laying!