FORT SILL, OK (RNN Texoma) - Thousands of wreaths at more than 1,400 locations across the United States are laying on the graves of veterans. They were placed there Saturday as part of a movement aimed at remembering our fallen heroes and honoring those who serve. For the last 8 years, Fort Sill has been one of those locations.
Wreaths Across America is a program that places wreaths on the graves of veterans. Over 1,000 wreaths were placed on grave stones at the Fort Sill Post Cemetery.
Former Army veteran and Fort Sill Wreaths across America coordinator, Dale Scott, said the annual event is a great way to honor veterans while also getting the community involved.
“It’s just an honor to come out here and remember not just my veteran father, but all the veterans that we possibly can," said Scott. "It’s an opportunity for the students to get out and learn a lot about America and about the veterans. Remember, honor, teach is the motto for Wreaths Across America. Remember our veterans. Honor those serving today and their family. And teach the youngsters. The best way to teach the youngsters is to make them do all the work.”
A drill sergeant and his family laid wreaths on graves for the first time together.
“I mean, the little ones, they don’t really understand, but he has more of an understanding,” said Daniel Cook, Fort Sill Drill Sgt. “But, it’s good for them to get out and participate in the community. Then later on, if we get to do this type of thing again, they’ll gain more of an understanding.”
Dale Scott said unfortunately, not every grave received a wreath this year. He said there are over 4,000 graves in the cemetery, so it is always a challenge to find enough sponsors. But, he said they make sure to cover each grave a least once, so every veteran is honored.