KENNEWICK, Wash. — The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) hosted a special ceremony in Kennewick on Saturday as part of a national service for Wreaths Across America.
Similar ceremonies took place all across the country, including in Yakima and Richland.
Kennewick DAR regent Karen Schultz says Saturday’s ceremony is different from other holidays honoring specific groups of veterans because this one represents all those who’ve served, including their families.
A veteran herself, Schultz says remembering service members during the holidays is especially close to her heart.
"Wreaths across America has a saying, 'A person will die twice, once when they've drawn their last breath and again the last time anyone speaks their name'. So when you lay a wreath, or you pass a veteran's grave, stop for a moment. Say their name. Pay some tribute and honor them," she said.
The day of remembrance began at Arlington national Cemetery but has since gained popularity, spreading across the country after a photograph of snow-covered wreaths went viral in 2005.
If you’d like to sponsor the program and help put a wreath on every veteran’s grave in America, visit Wreaths Across America.