The plan for the Archdiocese of Washington District (AWD) of the Fourth Degree for Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery was to meet across from the Visitor’s Center at the 101st Airborne Division Memorial on the right side of Memorial Drive (as you walk or drive towards the Cemetery), the road leading into the Cemetery, at 0830. The memorial consists of a bronze eagle, representing the units "Screaming Eagles" nickname, perched atop a granite stone. Once we get together at 0830, we’ll move to the area of the opening ceremony, a gravesite, or wreath truck. This is a great event for families and friends and a recruiting opportunity.
Due to the amazingly large turnout for the event, many of us were delayed in traffic or at metro stations. So, some met at the 101st Airborne Division Memorial, and others were on their own and went out into the cemetery for the opening ceremony and to the trucks to get wreaths to place.
Beliow, you'll find a recap of participation and some photos.
We were joined by a group of Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth in Arlington (approximately 30 youth and 10 leaders), coordinated by Le Nguyen, Vice Color Corps Commander for James Cardinal Hickey Prince of the Church Assembly and Supreme Council Vietnamese Liaison and District Deputy #2 in the District of Columbia. They were pleased that they were able to participate, enjoyed it very much, and did their apostolic works!
Charton Cortes, the Worthy Faithful Navigator from Lord Baltimore Assembly participated. Also, our Worthy District Patriotic Support Chairman: “I was there. I saw a lot of K of C hats," said District Patriotic Support Chairman Douglas Wood. "I also went to an old Black grave yard here in Prince Frederick. There are two (2) graves of 9th Cal. members that died in 1894. I put a wrath on each one."
"When I got to Arlington I went straight to the section where my relative was buried," said the Worthy Faithful Captain from Saint John N. Neumann Assembly Joe Massimini. " I met Fritz (Worthy Provincial Marshal) and Eleanor Leach at the truck.”
"We were able to park in the handicapped section having three veterans with disabilities," said O'Boyle Assembly Faithful Navigator Yen Le. "It was a great event.”
“We met at the agreed to meeting location then joined the activities, said the Worthy Faithful Pilot from Father Andrew White Assembly Paul Zimmerman. "I was impressed with turnout of people and look forward to participating next year.”
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Assembly also joined in with their Worthy Faithful Navigator, Patrick Furey and family, and Tony Durso and Bob Rawlins.
See all of you and more here next year!