“To be killed in war is not the worst that can happen. To be lost is not the worst that can happen… to be forgotten is the worst.” -Pierre Claeyssens (1909-2003)
Wreaths Across America- Houston
Written By: Marcia Ogasawara
Where: Houston National Cemetery 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive
When: Saturday Dec. 10th 11:00am
The holiday season has arrived and it is usually a time of great joy and celebration with family and friends. Sadly, this year may be the first for many families that will not be able to have as joyful of a celebration as in the past. With several wars and thousands of brave men and women serving overseas, this is too familiar of a scenario for many. A poignant saying by Pierre Claeyssens, a Belgium-born architect who helped the US by designing Liberty ships at Terminal Island during World War II summarizes it well:
“To be killed in war is not the worst that can happen. To be lost is not the worst that can happen… to be forgotten is the worst.”
We were recently at the Houston National Cemetery to participate in the Avenue of Flags. It was a very moving event and it was an honor for us to participate in it. On December 10th, we will be returning to the cemetery to participate in “Wreaths Across America”. This annual event involves placing a wreath on the headstone of graves in the cemetery. In 2010, over 26,000 wreaths were placed. This year, the goal of the Houston National Cemetery is to place a wreath on every grave. That is over 59,000 grave sites.
From what we are told, there will be about an hour long ceremony that will begin at 11:00 am which will immediately be followed by lying of the wreaths. Parking will likely run out by 9:30am, so, please plan to arrive early! We look forward to seeing you there!
You can RSVP for this event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/315574318472491/
For more information, please go to: http://waahouston.com/