Watch: Wreaths Across America Honors Those Lost at Sea

Sgt. Steven Thibodeau, police officer from the town of Scarborough, Maine, renders honors after placing a wreath at the grave marker during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.

Sgt. Steven Thibodeau, police officer from the town of Scarborough, Maine, renders honors after placing a wreath at the grave marker during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.

Veterans, families and organizations turned out Saturday for the annual Wreaths Across America celebration,  the placing of wreaths on veterans’ graves at hundreds of cemeteries locally, nationally and internationally.

A special ceremony was held in Ft. Myers for those lost at sea and never to be recovered. Here’s a video tribute from former WUSF Public Media intern and video photographer Alex Cook, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, who is now working at WINK-TV in Ft. Myers.

The placing of wreaths for the  holidays is a tradition that started at Arlington National Cemetery in 1992. Many non-profit organizations have taken up the cause for their local and national cemeteries.

WUSF intern Nathan Powell recorded the Wreaths Across America ceremony Dec. 14, 2013 at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

You can view more photos from the Arlington National Cemetery placing of wreaths here.

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2 Responses

  1. We silently, on our hearts, honor all fallens, honor those death on sea and thinks to all sacrifices they have made, all risks they have encountered and how they had been determined knowing any moments their lifes should be ended. Honor and thanks, buddies. We are sure you are iving on eternity and are praying for us all. Done us the serenity for remember nay be live with you and together. claudio alpaca

  2. What a wonderful tribute to our veterans.

    “A nation reveals itself not only in the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.”

    -John F. Kennedy

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