Yesterday, in shirt-sleeve weather, we honored our veterans with the Christmas Wreath. Not knowing this was a tradition at the national cemeteries, I thought it a waste of time and money that should be spent on the living. It’s Christmas, after all. Then I spent time watching people like the hero in the red shirt and red cap as he saluted the flag and remembered the friends lost .
As we placed the wreaths and spoke the names over each gave, I saw mom’s and wives and grandchildren of the veterans. Then I realized the money “was” for the living. Each person who bought a wreath had a place in their heart that aches at Christmas time. For them having others with them, hearing bagpipes playing “Amazing Grace,” and speaking their loved one’ name into a beautiful December Day was healing. To hear a State Senator take time “after elections,” to honor your loved ones was gratifying. To remember the life and service of these heroes from all branches, in all wars, was a blessing.
Thank you to the Elizabeth Crockett Chapter and Kathy Hanlon for the opportunity. All this and we blessed the ROTC at Granbury High School with over $800.