Locals lay wreaths at veteran graves across Bay County
Many will tell you the Christmas season is a time to be with family and spread holiday cheer but it's also a time honor the brave men and women who fought for our freedom.
“A veteran dies twice when they take their last breath and once when their name is said for the last time,” said Wreaths Across Bay County Spokesperson Don Hardy. “So today we're going to say their name and honor them for their service."
Many locals and their families came to Kent Forest Cemetery Saturday and laid 1,200 wreaths at the graves of fallen veterans. Local Air Force veteran Lee Forker said it is also a way to help families who've lost a loved one.
“The holidays that's when tend to remember those who we've lost. It's very important for the families. They are all going through grief. We can turn that grief into honor and celebrate it all,” said Forker.
"When you place that wreath your eyes may leak a little. It's a great feeling that you’re doing something because the people that they're honoring defended or freedom, the freedom that we live with today,” said Hardy.
Wreaths Across America Bay County will be placing 2,000 of these wreaths at veteran graves all across Bay County. They say it's a way to honor those who fought for our freedoms and bring the community together.
“We are like all one big family. We all have to come together and remember those who died for our lives,” said Bay County Resident Jalen Echols.
Wreaths Across America also laid wreaths at veterans' graves at Mount Hope, Millville, Evergreen Memorial Gardens and Maywood Cemetery.