By Robert Burgins, Jr.
A cool and windy day couldn’t keep away veterans, family members and supporters this Saturday for the Wreaths Across America ceremony. The 15th annual for Alabama, it was a considerable gesture to families of veterans this holiday season.
Commemorated throughout the U.S., Wreaths Across America sees to it that families are comforted (during a glorious season, but which can be hard for many) who’ve had lost loved ones that’ve served their country proudly. A considerate gesture, it’s a salute in making sure no one is forgotten and for families to know that they’ve always got someone thinking of them. Mistress of ceremony and media personality Janice Rogers stated, “This is a day that shows complete national unity and for our kids to know how precious freedom is, but to know that others have fought to gain such.”
Bessemer’s CAP Organization (Bessemer Composite Squadron) were on hand as they took on duties of escorting soldier’s families, flag presentations (color guard services) and wreath setting for those remembered on this day.
We spoke to CAP alum & 2022 American Legion Oratorical National Champion, Emma Noble (whose father and grandfather also served the country proudly and are amongst those remembered) who told us, “I’ve been visiting this particular ceremony for years and it’s just a good feeling to see how many people we can gather together and share in remembering and honoring those we love.” Ms. Noble gave a sincere message on the dedication and history of soldiers (titled, ‘Remembering Our Heroes’) that’ve served and passed along, leaving unfading memories and marks upon the loved ones who keep their names alive.
Thompson High School’s Air Force JROTC performed color presentations, as Duke Martin and Robert Robinson delivered the invocation and national anthem respectively.
Mr. Trent Phifer gave a rendering musical selection that touched many listeners, as other musical tributes were given by Patrick McCaghren and Robert Cargo.
State representatives and city officials were present showing their support as well with humble presences.
Over two-million wreaths were said to have been laid throughout the U.S. this pass 16th of December.
This Holiday Season we say love one another, honor one another, not just for a day (Christmas) but every day possible, as we also send a huge dose of gratitude to our fallen and current veterans and their families.
For more information and inquiries for donations, visit wreathsacrossamerica.org.