Assistant Public Affairs Officer and Mission Pilot
Amelia Earhart Senior Squadron 188
Civil Air Patrol Squadrons took part in the Wreaths Across America campaign whose mission is to Remember, Honor and Teach.
Members of Amelia Earhart Senior Squadron 188, East Bay Cadet Squadron 18 and an estimated crowd of 200 gathered in the center of the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno California to hear local dignitaries, family members and veterans give thanks to those who have served and continue to serve in the armed forces.
The Silicon Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution served as Honor Guard, and Chaplain Colonel Leo McArdle led the Pledge of Allegiance.
U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marines, U.S. Coast Guard and Merchant Marines and Blue Star Moms were each presented with a wreath which they hung at the base of the flag representing their respective branch of service or organization.
A Blue Star Mom and Navy veteran addressed the crowd and spoke of what it was like to send her only child off to war. With tears in her eyes, she shared her story of spending holidays alone, fearful she might not share another with her brave warrior.
A three-volley rifle salute by cadet and senior members of Squadron 188, Squadron 18 and Group 2, followed by a soulful duet of Taps closed the ceremony.
Admiral Chester Nimitz. Members of the crowd collected wreaths and respectfully walked among the tombstones and laid them against a tombstone and in their own way, gave thanks to a hero they likely never knew.
• Pictures of the event are located here.
- Images courtesy of Capt Noel Luneau and 2d Lt Mark Vikse