PIQUA — Through the efforts Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, in conjunction with the nearly 1,000 veterans and Family Memorial Care funeral home providers across America, Wreaths Across America Day is being observed in Piqua.
WAA began as The Arlington Wreath project started by Morrill Worcester in 1992 with the donation and laying of 5,000 Christmas wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery. It was relatively obscure until 2005, when a photo of the stones adorned with wreaths and covered in snow circulated around the internet. The project received National attention.
In 2006, over 150 state and national cemeteries held wreath-laying ceremonies simultaneously. By 2008, over 300 locations held wreath-laying ceremonies in every state, Puerto Rico and 24 overseas cemeteries. Over 100,000 wreaths were placed on veterans graves. More than 60,000 volunteers participated.
Now the opportunity to adorn every veteran’s grave has been made available to our community no matter what local cemetery your hero is buried in. This is made possible
WAA reaches out to thousands of children each year with the message of “Remember, Honor and Teach.” The importance of honoring each fallen serviceman/woman as an individual is stressed. The wreath-laying is now held each year on the second Saturday of December and was unanimously voted by Congress as Wreaths Across America™ Day. By offering sponsorships to the public, Wreaths Across America hopes that one day every veteran’s resting place will be adorned with a wreath for the holiday season.
You may honor your hero, buried at any local cemetery, by sponsoring a $15 wreath to adorn their grave. Through Dec. 2, please stop in and order a wreath at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, 646 W. High St., Piqua, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Wreaths will be available for pickup Monday, Dec. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home. If you have any questions, call (937) 773-1647.