Parsons Cemetary participates in Wreaths Across America
SALISBURY, Md. – Parsons Cemetery was filled with over 800 wreaths on Saturday to honor our fallen veterans as part of the national Wreaths Across America.
“This is a big moment because so many people served this country and came to this community and not a lot of people recognize that or realize that,” said Mayor of Salisbury Jake Day.
Hundreds of people in the community rain or shine came out Saturday morning to lay a wreath at graves where a green flag represents a fallen service member.
“People tend to forget what veterans have done, their commitment and service to our country, so it’s an opportunity for people to gather and say to veterans, thank you very much for your service,” said Retired Army Veteran, Anthony Sarbanes.
Military family members like Cheryl West honored her stepfather by putting up flowers and a wreath to remember his service in the U.S. Navy and his love for the community.
“He talked about his service Mount Hermon Lions Club and the Republican Club and helping at church, very active at church, and anytime anybody needed a hand he was there to help them, and that’s what I remember about him being so special,” said West.
As an active service member Day said this annual ceremony is a chance for the community to recognize the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families.
“It’s that individual sacrifice that individual choice to serve that is so powerful and so this day and seeing the service of hundreds of volunteers being willing to brave the rain and get out there, it touches me on a personal level,” said Day.
And veterans said they hope these wreaths will help to make sure no hero is ever forgotten.