As the holiday season nears an end, I finally have the time to reflect on the past year and realized that one of my highlights of the year was being the Associate Director of Wreaths Across America. Yes, it was a busy year, a year that we spend most of it working toward December. But as a Gold Star Mom, I thrive on the opportunity to work and do anything I possibly can that has to with veterans. For me getting the opportunity to spend time with them and talk with them is therapy. This year on December 16, 2017 we were blessed with absolutely beautiful weather and because of that the turn out for our Wreaths Across America day was very successful. But for me there were two highlights I would like to share. First, having veterans standing at the back of church waiting for me with open arms knowing I needed a hug, they are always there when I need that extra encouragement just like they were ready to serve our country with whatever was demanded of them. The second was seeing all the people on the cemetery giving our deceased veterans the honors that they are due. On that day not a single one of them was forgotten. Such an amazing experience that I was honored to be a part of. Happy New Year, everyone and we hope to see you all next year on December 15, 2018 to Remember, Honor and Teach about the sacrifices that were made for our freedoms, they deserve everything we do.
Saying Their Names,
Elaine Leusink, Associate Director