ELLSWORTH, Ohio (WKBN) – Wreaths Across America is a nationwide U.S. veterans remembrance organization that made a stop in the Valley on Saturday.
It took place at Ellsworth Cemetery — and laying a wreath on their father’s grave site was a special moment for Keith and Mark Young.
The Young’s said their father was a very active member of The Veterans of Foreign Wars after his time in the service, so they’ve been surrounded by veterans all their lives.
It wasn’t just family members laying wreaths Saturday.
Veterans and volunteers also braved the weather to honor people — even those they may not have known.
“If you go around these headstones, there are Civil War veterans here,” Mark Young said. “It’s just, we have a great community here and they’re great people.”
“It’s very significant that we recognize our veterans on Memorial Day time, period,” said Fred Schrock of VFW Post 9571. “But here at Christmas too, to recognize they’re still not forgotten.”
Saturday, 154 wreaths were laid at the Ellsworth Cemetery. It was the only Wreaths Across America event taking place locally.
“Well, it really is striking that this community, like make other communities across America, stepped up when the country asked,” said Rep. John Boccieri.
The Ellsworth Cemetery was just one of over a thousand cemeteries participating in the project Saturday.
The tradition is most famous with the Arlington Cemetery in Virginia, where over 60 trucks dropped off 5,000 wreaths for volunteers to lay on headstones.
Check out the Wreaths Across America official website for more information.