Wreaths Across America honors those who served with wreath laying

MADISON, Wis. — At the Forrest Hill Cemetery, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) and Madison Veterans Council (MVC) joined thousands of people across the countryto remember those who served.

“Whether they were drafted or volunteered, it’s something we should be thankful for,” said Thomas Brodd with the SUVCW.

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, it’s the goal to remember and honor veterans by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 3,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.

As part of a group that aims to support veterans, Broadd says his organizations was more than willing to participate.

“The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is a group dedicated to keeping the memory of civil war veterans alive,” said Brodd.

At Forrest Hill Cemetery, they placed about 600 wreaths on graves at two sites at the cemetery.

“Wreaths across America honors American veterans all across America and across the world. Because we are an organization dedicated to honoring veterans, we decided to join their events in December here,” said Brodd.

On the Wreaths Across America website, the organization states that there is no better time to express our appreciation than during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

“We’re here to thank these men, but also wish them a Merry Christmas, a happy new year, whatever greeting you want to give them,” said Broadd. “It’s not a solemn occasion like Memorial Day which is or men and women who died in combat. It’s just to remember that these people provided service to this nation.

A link to the Wreaths Across America website, where people can help fund some of the wreaths that are placed on the graves, is available here.