Although I mentally went, “Ugh!” when the alarm went off at 6:30 this morning (so Augie and I could get breakfast together before meeting with the Scouts at 8:00 in front of the American Legion)…I am really glad we got up.
Until today I was unaware of Wreaths Across America. From their “Who We Are” “Mission & Vision”:
Our mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies on a specified Saturday in December at Arlington, as well as veterans cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.
And honor them they did today at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver. As part of working on their Fellowship and Duty requirement, Cub Scout Pack 439 attended the ceremony and laid wreaths at servicepersons’ graves. I don’t recall the main speaker’s name, but he was a 93 year-old WWII veteran of the famous 10th Mountain Division. Trained in Colorado, he returned after serving his country.
It was a bit nippy out, but our boys did great during a relatively long ceremony, standing behind (to support) a group of Boy Scouts displaying American flags. (That was ad hoc…when we arrived the Scouts’ leader asked if we wanted to join them.)
Thanks to those who have served our country, especially those who gave the ultimate gift to protect our liberty. Thanks also to all the families who shared in their sacrifice and to those who, with missions like this, make sure we do not forget that freedom isn’t free.