Wreaths Across America celebrate veteran lives at Wyuka

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — As many across the United States prepare to celebrate the holidays, veterans in the Lincoln area remember those who have passed away with a special ceremony.

With wreaths in hand, veterans, service individuals and parents walked the foliage to their designated spots, guided by members of the Boy Scouts of America.

Each wreath placed was a reminder of someone who had served and passed on.

Organizer Gerry Finnegan spoke to the audience about the importance of this holiday tradition.

“We’re here for a day set aside for Wreaths Across America to honor all deceased veterans by placing a Christmas wreath on their graves,” he said.

Finnegan said it was important to touch the headstone and say the name of the individual buried.

“There is an old story that a person dies twice,” he said. “Once when they draw their last breath and a second time when their name is no longer spoken.”

Due to winter weather up north, today’s wreaths were delayed.

A donation of wreaths by Earl May Garden Center made it so today’s laying could be done without a problem.

Organizers expect the rest of the delivery to show up later this week.

Despite the cold, many veterans and their families came to support those carrying the wreaths with many planning to come back later in the week to complete the celebration.

The Lincoln Chapter’s website will update with information relating to the deliveries later this week.

Categories: Lancaster, Nebraska News