Saturday, December 16th is National Wreaths Across America Day, a day to remember and honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty. Every December, memorials are held across the nation and wreaths are laid on veterans' graves.
The idea behind the memorial is simple: every time a wreath is laid, the veteran's name is read off. Every time their name is said, their memory lives on.
People across the nation took to social media to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Over 14,000 veterans were honored at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
December 16, 2017
Today, at Arlington and the National Cemeteries across our great nation, #WreathsAcrossAmerica honored and remembered over 14,000 veterans, included those at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in the 16th District. My staff was honored to be a part of this again this year. pic.twitter.com/F13WxwkqWU— Rep. Jim Renacci (@RepJimRenacci) December 16, 2017
Others across the nation joined in this touching event.
Today, thousands gathered at Camp Nelson National Cemetery and cemeteries around the U.S. to lay wreaths and remember those who have served and fallen. We honor their service and we’re grateful for their ultimate sacrifice.#WreathsAcrossAmerica. pic.twitter.com/JD7955ZUuR— Mayor Jim Gray (@JimGrayLexKY) December 16, 2017
This is one event that everyone can agree on. It doesn't matter what political party you belong to, what race you are or what religion you practice. At this moment in time, you are an American, united by your love of your country.
Thank you to the many today who helped honor the brave men & women who fought and died preserving our freedom. God bless our veterans! #HonorThem #WreathsAcrossAmerica #WAA2017 pic.twitter.com/QPROedbG3Z— Donna Campbell (@DonnaCampbellTX) December 16, 2017
It takes a brave soul to write a blank check for their nation.
Logging video on the #WreathsAcrossAmerica ceremony at the #HoustonNationalCemetery. This moment between a grandpa and his granddaughter has me crying at my computer. Honoring those who served is never limited to a generation. #khou11 pic.twitter.com/zEJtIFGv4Q— Melissa Correa (@MCorreaKHOU) December 16, 2017
Every generation should be thankful to those who put on that uniform and are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.