Wreaths Across America Ceremony Held at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery

Article written by Robert Bruton, Group III Public Affairs Officer

Photos by Capt. Lana Holub, Dallas Composite Squadron

Cadets Chief Master Sgt. Emelia  McLaughlin, Airman 1st Class Sam Goldfarb and Airman Christian Gray and Ashton Kitchens salute after placing wreaths on veterans’ graves at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Cadets Chief Master Sgt. Emelia McLaughlin, Airman 1st Class Sam Goldfarb and Airman Christian Gray and Ashton Kitchens salute after placing wreaths on veterans’ graves at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Dallas – It was a cool gray, overcast and rainy day on which to recognize and remember fallen American heroes. It was the one day set aside each year to place wreaths on the graves’ and columbariums’ of veterans at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Slightly more than 3,000 Civil Air Patrol cadets and senior members, Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts and Young Marines answered the call to join civilians on this day of recognition.  This year’s Wreaths Across America ceremony held on Saturday, December 12 and marked the day to place the honors for the men and women of all of the nation’s armed services.

Overseeing the North Texas project was 2nd Lt. Joan L. Gulliksen assisted by Capt. Lana Holub who are members of the Dallas Composite Squadron. According to Lt. Gulliksen, over 10,000 wreaths were placed on graves and at columbariums in the national cemetery.  “It was an honor to be chosen to be the North Texas coordinator for such a gesture that means so much to so many”, said Gulliksen.

Cadet Airman 1st Class Sam Goldfarb places a wreath on a veteran’s grave at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Cadet Airman 1st Class Sam Goldfarb places a wreath on a veteran’s grave at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Capt. Holub commented, “It always impresses me to see how many cadets and civilians participate in this solemn ceremony”.

Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Emelia McLaughlin said, “As a cadet this is a big project with an even bigger reward.  We look forward each year to honoring the veterans who gave everything for us and asked for little in return”.