Wreaths Across America Day 2022
Many groups and individuals gathered again this December to place wreaths on graves at the Marietta National Cemetery as part of National Wreaths Across America Day. The mission to “Remember, Honor and Teach” is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 2,500 locations in every U.S. state, at sea, and abroad to remember military members who served our country, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
American Legion Riders Post 29-Marietta was one of the many partner organizations to promote the heartfelt event. The National Cemetery Committee provided a small program before the wreath laying. The coordinator for the program asked the volunteers in the group to place the greenery on a headstone and state that veteran’s name aloud, placing their hand on their heart, to continue their story for the next generation.
“A big part of our firm culture has always been giving back,” said Mary Montgomery, SM&P founding and managing partner. “And giving back to those who gave so much, especially those who gave everything, is something we all believe in here. We have Veterans Day in the fall and Memorial Day in the spring, but our service members sacrifice their time and safety every single day of the year, including Christmas, to preserve our freedoms. That’s why we once again decided to be a sponsor.”
At many tables this holiday season, a seat once warmed by a family member or friend who is serving or one who will never come back, sits empty. There is no better time to express our deep gratitude than during the solemnity of this sacred season.
Everyone at SM&P wants to show our veterans and their families that we will never forget their gift of time and safety every day of the year to preserve our freedoms.