It’s a tradition that started 11 years ago. The donation of a wreath at Christmas time has become a meaningful part of the holiday season for so many veteran’s families.
Each year, wreaths are lain at every grave at the National Cemetery in Arvin.
The Bakersfield Rotary Club, the Bakersfield National Support Committee, veterans service organizations and family members coordinated the “Wreaths Across America” event to honor veterans of each branch of the military, as well as prisoners of war and those still missing in action.
Wreaths were not only lain here locally, but at all national cemeteries, including the National Cemetery in Arlington.
“It just…means a whole lot to know that people didn’t go give their lives, give the ultimate sacrifice and we not remember what they did and thanked them for what they did,” said Evon Nichols, who laid a wreath on her husband’s headstone.
The group laid just under 5,000 wreaths Saturday, starting the Christmas holiday by thanking our vets nationwide for their service.
And 17’s own Jim Scott was there to emcee the annual event.