Our girls are part of our local American Heritage Girls troop, and I love the emphasis on serving the community and honoring our country.
Last year we did those things through many different events, and one of my favorites was the wreath ceremony that took place at a local cemetery in Winchester, VA. There were many Civil War battles fought in and around Winchester and, as such, there are several cemeteries where hundreds of fallen soldiers are buried.
Each year, Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath laying ceremonies with volunteers around the country. Volunteers participate in laying the wreaths and then in a ceremony to honor the fallen as well. Our ceremony included members of our local Civil Air Patrol, many of whom the girls know and look up to already, which made it extra special for them.
This year’s scheduled date is December 13th (although last year our ceremony got pushed back a week because of snow), and it’s not too late to find a ceremony near you or even help coordinate one if there isn’t already one planned.
I know December is busy for all of us, but this is a great way to remind our kids that the world is bigger than just us and to provide an opportunity for them to give back to the community and those who defend our freedom.
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