Honoring the veterans interred at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery in WaKeeney has become a proud tradition for our city during the holiday season, and this year we are proud to once again take part in the annual Wreaths Across America’s worldwide event to honor those who’ve sacrificed so much.
Throughout the ten years since the cemetery has participated in Wreaths Across America it’s been a moving experience for all who’ve attended or been involved in the event It’s provided us a moment of reflection on the great achievements of our servicemen and women, as well as the tremendous sacrifices they, and their families make in order for us to have an all-volunteer army fighting for our freedom.
We are honored again this holiday season to be able to recognize members of all five branches of the service—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and the Coast Guard—as well as the Merchant Marines, and those POW/MIA status. Wreaths made especially for this event were purchased through local donations collected by the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery in WaKeeney and the WaKeeney VFW from the same supplier to Arlington National Cemetery, the Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine. They began the tradition in 1992 and continue to head up the project year after year.
A short service will also be held during the ceremony, with Errol Wuertz of the Civil Air Corp. and Rev. Stanton presiding, followed by a 21-gun salute performed by the Hays VFW Honor Guard as attendees lay wreaths at the gravesite. For those families unable to attend the event, the American Legion Riders and Knights of Columbus will fill in, so no veteran goes unrecognized.
Please join us at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery in WaKeeney at 11am on Saturday, December 17th for the 11th Annual Wreaths Across America ceremony, to “Remember, Honor, Teach” the value of freedom to our young.