National Wreaths Across America Day was honored at the West Virginia National Cemetery in Grafton with a crowd of more than 300 fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters.
Families gathered to honor the lives of their loved ones and to share the message of remembering, gathering, and teaching about their lives, not their deaths. Families placed wreaths on each headstone and said the names of loved ones.
“It’s hard to put into words, being out here and doing this. ‘Cause you see all these people out here who could have been your friends could have been your family, but you all have something in common. All these people out here, we’re from different parts of the state or the country, but we all have this one thing in common. It’s the greatest honor of all. I can’t imagine being anywhere else,” said Sergeant Andrew M. Chancey.
Members of the U.S. military carried the wreaths to honor members living and lost in every branch of the military.