I went last Saturday as volunteer to help lay wreaths. It was a very nice and very sobering event. Plenty of people showed up, but only enough wreaths for perhaps 1/3 of the tombstones.  I gotta find out how to get more somehow for next year.

Here are some of the pictures I took.  Click to enlarge.

Volunteers heading to the graves.
Placing the wreaths. It came out to 3 to 5 per volunteer.
Teaching the next generation
Cadets rendering salute to the fallen.
All done.

I saved this photo for last. We were asked that as we laid the wreath, to say the name of the soldier out loud as show of respect to the individual we were honoring. The gentleman in the pictures was Vietnam Vet according to the cap he was wearing, and he not only said the name out loud, but talked to them as if they were known comrades. It was a moving scene to witness to say the least. And I guess after all he is indeed a comrade in arms across time.

I’ll be back next year.

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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

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  1. So very cool. Nice to see involvement honoring people who died 150+ years ago.

    Big Civil War geek here. Probably the most brilliant General of the entire conflict was present that day, as a subordinate.
    Rosecrans, as was his habit, got carried away and nearly lost the battle. The steadfastness of the Union Center was the key to victory that day at Murphreesboro. That man in the middle was a Virginian who had a habit of destroying rebel armies in the field.

    Civil War battles nearly all had two names. The Southerners named a battle after the nearest waterway, while the Union relied on using the nearest town.

    Thanks for the pics.

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