Twenty-eight cadets from the Spring Branch Navy Jr. ROTC program based at the Guthrie Center took part in the Wreaths Across America program on Dec. 15. More than 15,000 people attended the special ceremony honoring America’s veterans interred in the Houston National Cemetery.
The Guthrie Center cadets solicited funds for the purchase of wreaths and assisted in the placing of over 45,000 wreaths among more than 60,000 headstones in the cemetery. KHOU Channel 11’s Len Cannon served as master of ceremonies for the event which included a fly-over, a performance of “Amazing Grace” and a rifle salute.
Wreaths Across America – Houston was started in 2007 by an 8-year-old boy who couldn’t understand why wreaths were only provided for veterans at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. He and his father launched a campaign and founded Wreaths Across America – Houston. The Guthrie Center NJROTC cadets will return on Jan. 17 to help pick up and dispose of all the green wreaths.