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.