Wreaths for Veterans at Biloxi National Cemetery
For the past six years, members of the community have been placing wreaths on the headstones at the Biloxi National Cemetery. This year is going to be bigger and better than ever.
For many a wreath is a symbol of the holidays, but today it was so much more than that. Veteran Service Officer Julia Encalade said, “We’re prepping the Christmas wreaths to be able to lay on our heroes here at the National Cemetery tomorrow.”
For the past six years, people of all ages have been going to the Biloxi National Cemetery to place wreaths on the headstones of veterans. Crusaders for Veterans President Kevin Cuttill said, “As you look around, we have several families out here that brought their younger ones. Everyone gets to see the generation coming up and seeing the price of the freedom and the sacrifices made.”
Today, hundreds of volunteers spent hours prepping 20,000 wreaths to honor our nation’s veterans and their families. “They’ve done so much for us and this is the least we could for them. They not only serve, but their family has served,” said Encalade.
It isn’t all about those who have passed, for many this event is therapeutic. “It’s closure for the living because the more you come out here and you respect those out here you recognize the true price of freedom, two you get closure because you keep your loved ones alive with you as you do this. I got a son buried so when I do this I know he is smiling as well. It is basically for the living to have closure.”
Anyone interested in laying a wreath tomorrow can show up to the Biloxi National Cemetery at 11 a.m. The event will take place rain or shine. “They don’t put defending our freedoms on hold so we don’t put honoring them on hold either,” said Cuttill.