This Saturday, December 17 at 10 a.m. more than 40,000 people will  gather in Washington to participate in the annual, Wreaths Across America program.  At this time wreaths will be laid at foot of each grave in Arlington National Cemetery to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom.  The program began in 2007 at 1,000 cemeteries across the nation and overseas, where over 700,000 wreaths placed in honor of our troops.  Local veteran, Al Harris, explained,  “The mission of the program is to remember, honor and teach.”  For more info click, here.

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This year thanks to Mr. Harris, the City of Lake Charles will be participating in this annual event.  According to reports Harris approached the local Veterans Commission with idea a few weeks ago.  Obviously it wasn't hard to win them over and tomorrow the city will join the nation in recognizing our fallen men and women for the first time.  Local residents are urged to come out as the Lake Charles Veterans Memorial Park Commission will lay a wreath at the foot of the 1st Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet statue, located at Veterans Memorial Park on Lakeshore.

Commission member, Dr. Keith DeSonier wanted local families to know, “When you purchase a wreath through the program to be placed on a grave in Arlington, you’ll also receive a wreath in the mail for you to place on a local veteran’s grave. It’s an excellent tribute that honors our country’s veterans and serves as a visible reminder of their lives and sacrifices.”