VFW to honor fallen vets

A veterans monument located in Memorial Park located on Highway 81. 

Wreaths Across America will honor fallen veterans across the country simultaneously with a program scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 16.

“It’s just one more thing to honor our heroes, and those are the heroes,” VFW Post 1192 Commander Dan Leal said. “We made it back home and most of us are safe and sound, but those men there on the memorial who paid the ultimate price. They need to be honored at least once a year.”

Wreaths Across America began nationally in 2006 as a way to remember and honor fallen veterans with wreath laying ceremonies being held at over 150 locations across the county. Since then, the program has expanded with more wreaths being laid out each year than the last.

Duncan’s VFW Post has participated in this nationwide day of remembrance for the past five years.

“The wreaths are donated by the company that makes them and they donate them all over the county,” Leal said. “They come in for all of the services. Everyone is represented, so we lay them at the memorial right there on 81 and it’s a real nice ceremony.”

The Wreaths Across America ceremony for Duncan will begin promptly at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Park, located on Highway 81 in the center of town. Those who wish to be a part of the ceremony should arrive early.

“I wish all of Duncan would show up, but if we can get just a few to recognize all the men on that memorial, that would be terrific,” Leal said. “It’s always a thrill to me to see the people that do show up because it shows that they care about the sacrifices.”

Leal hopes that those in attendance will walk away remembering the sacrifices made by the men and women in the service.

“What people lose sight of is that everyone that has served, especially the ones that paid the ultimate price, did it for our freedoms,” he said.

To learn more about Wreaths Across America, visit wreathsacrossamerica.org.