Wreaths Across America event to honor veterans coming to our National Cemeteries on December 13, 2008
Each year Wreaths Across America donates over 5000 wreaths to be placed on graves at Arlington National Cemetery. To date over 100,000 donated wreaths have been placed on gravesites during past holiday seasons.
This year the Marines, Gold Star Parents, Blue Star Parents, family members and friends of the 1/8 Marine Support Network have teamed up with Wreaths across America to find sponsorships for additional wreaths to be placed on gravesites in Arlington National Cemetery. Gold Star Parents of 1/8 Marine Sniper Kirk Bosselman have traveled from Maine to Arlington National in past years to place wreaths on gravesites.
1/8 Marines were involved in the November 2004 invasion of Fallujah. Bravo Company alone lost 13 Marines. Many more were seriously injured, some are still recovering from their injuries today. A reunion has been planned for these Marines in July of 2009, hosted at the home of 1/8 Gold Star Parents, Bob & Beth Houck. Some of these Marines, especially those more seriously injured, cannot afford to make this trip. Wreaths Across America will be donating a portion of the funds from wreath sponsorships that include the 1/8 Group ID number to defray the cost for these Marines.
To sponsor a wreath, please follow this link http://contribute.wreaths-across-america.org/ and include group ID number DCSPCC01 & Arlington National in the space provided, or mail the sponsorship form that I have included with this email.
Your help is appreciated in getting as many wreaths to Arlington National as possible, and helping Marines from 1/8 who cannot afford travel costs, to the reunion reunite with their Marine brothers.
You can see video of past wreath laying ceremonies here: http://www.wreaths-across-america.org/index.html
If you would like to make a donation that supports the travel expenses of the Marines without sponsoring a wreath, please contact me directly.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give to honor these heroes both past and present during the holidays.