COLCHESTER, Vt. (WCAX) Green wreaths lay in contrast with cement headstones at the Ethan Allen Cemetery in Colchester. The wreaths were laid on soldiers' final resting spots here, and across the country, for the annual event, Wreaths Across America.
Major Barbara Leary, who coordinated the event in Colchester, says it’s important to not forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. “To make sure the vets are still remembered, not just on Veterans Day, that they are remembered all year round,” said Leary.
A representative from each branch of the military took part in the event which included a central memorial under the American flag, with a wreath representing each branch.
“Well being a veteran myself it’s very honorable to represent the United States army doing this,” said veteran Frank Bell, who took part in the ceremony.
Bell says a simple wreath, especial around the holidays is a fitting tribute to those who never made it home from the battlefield. “It's always been an honor. It’s my service respecting my fellow veterans it's a part of that oath to enlistment,” said Bell.
The event takes place across the country including several locations in our region, from Randolph to Plattsburgh, New York. Susan Law showed up to the event in Colchester where she paid the $15 to donate a wreath
“I like to give back and support my friends who are out there fighting,” said Law.
If a member of the public wants to sponsor a wreath there is still time. Officials say the cemetery in Colchester could use more donations to decorate all of the 500 headstones for the servicemen and women laid to rest there.
If you would like to sponsor a wreath you can contact Major Barbara Leary at 802 598-8702.