Wreaths Across America at South Florida National Cemetery
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Why do we use live wreaths to decorate graves?
Wreaths Across America™ feels strongly that we do not "decorate” graves. We are honoring all veterans and active duty military by placing wreaths on the headstones of veterans. The fresh evergreens are a symbol used for centuries to recognize honor, and a living tribute renewed annually. To use plastic wreaths that are put in storage each year is exactly the kind of tradition we want to avoid--it makes for great photos but misses the point. People who spend time participating each year, raising sponsorships and talking about how important this symbolic gesture is, are part of our mission. We want people to see the tradition as a living memorial to veterans and their families , whom we remember amid the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. We believe that the sacrifices they made are more than worth the effort.
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