When the clock struck noon Saturday, a solemn ceremony was held in the square of the Brooke County Veterans Memorial at Brooke Hills Park.
Members from all branches of the military, offering silent salutations and laying pine wreaths in commemoration of “Wreaths Across America.”
Eric Fithyan, heading today’s ceremony.
“It’s always a very simplistic ceremony, it always talks about how we come together with Wreaths Across America to honor our soldiers, teach our children and remember those that we have lost,” said Fithyan.
Those are the three words, Wreaths Across America stands by, remember, honor, teach.
Words, spoken across all 50 states as more than 1,400 locations are participating in the ceremony.
“This is also the first year that Wreaths Across America went to Norway. So, our soldiers who are laid to rest over there will have the same wreaths,” said Fithyan.
Here in Brooke County, they couldn’t have picked a better place to gather.
The Brooke County Veterans Memorial was dedicated back in 2012.
Etched in stone, the names of an uncountable amount of fallen soldiers.
All of them, from the county and representing all military branches.
“What’s neat about this is Brooke County and West Virginia has the highest per-capita of people who have served our country to fight for our freedoms everyday,” said Fithyan.
National cemeteries are placing wreaths on the headstone of every military veteran.
There are two within close proximity to the Ohio Valley, the National Cemetery of the Alleghennies in Bridgeville. P.A, and Grafton National Cemetery in West Virginia.
Wreaths Across America is a donation based organization.
It costs 15 bucks if you’d like to donate.
More information on how you can get involved here: