12/14/2013 6:26 PM
by Rachael Cardin
BECKLEY - A wreath decorating ceremony on Saturday honored the memory of fallen veterans who dedicated parts of their lives to saving America's freedom.
The Wreaths Across America Program honored veterans buried in the American Legion Cemetery. The event that started in Arlington National Cemetery has made its way across the country, and has inspired those in Beckley to participate. The Civil Air Patrol, a family of volunteers, and other military personnel decorated every stone bearing the name of a fallen veteran. Organizers said they hope to bring Christmas spirit to the cemetery.
The Civil Air Patrol said they've participated in the Wreaths Across America for 6 years, and feel this is a way to show their appreciation to our military men and women.
"I think it's a very sad situation. They're out there protecting us and we're home in our nice warm beds, and you know, they're out there in the desert and everywhere else in the world protecting us; and we need them to protect our freedom. It's to show our reverence to those who gave their lives for us" said Lt. Col. David Chaney.
The wreaths will remain on the graves of fallen heroes throughout the month of December.