Christmas wreaths laid across Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery honors fallen veterans
Volunteers across Connecticut laid wreaths on veteran's headstones to honor and remember their service and sacrifice this weekend.
The tradition of placing wreathes on veteran's headstones is part in “Wreaths Across America” – a national movement to place wreaths at the gravesites of service members at more than 2,500 cemeteries across the country.
Organizers tell News 12 at the cemetery they are unboxing about 2,800 of them ready for 2,200 veterans graves in the cemetery. And this year's attendance was outstanding -- compared to last year's, with less people and took several hours.
"There are hundreds of people here today and it just took 20 minuets to get 2,000 gravestones covered,"
Boy scout Hudson Farley was one of those willing volunteers.
"You take a wreath and then you go and lay it down and say their names," he said. "It kind of gives us a chance to talk about who is buried here why it is that they're buried here."
John Carter, a member of the organization, says volunteers at Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery in Darien will say the names of the veterans while laying the wreaths.
“I'm a true believer that you die twice in this world," he told News 12. "Right after death, when your soul goes to heaven, and the second time is the last time your name is spoken on this Earth. So, it's a great honor and tradition to say their name and remember their sacrifices.”