Fort Smith National Cemetery – Wreaths Across America
Today Dec. 12, 2009 citizens of Fort Smith honored the servicemen and women of our community, who have made the ultimate sacrifice for nation. Family, friends and volunteers transformed the Fort Smith National Cemetery by placing one wreath on each of the 12,000 headstones in their honor.
The “Christmas Honors” was derived from Wreaths Across America where as part of the program, the Arlington National Cemetery’s gravesites are decorated every Christmas season with wreaths with red ribbons to honor those who have given their lives to provide the freedoms we enjoy in our beloved Nation. The cemetery is transformed into a vision of beauty, and the families of those buried at Arlington take comfort in seeing the respect that is shown to their grandfathers, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, friends and other fallen heroes who so loved our Country.
In addition, there will be a candlelight vigil at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14 for friends, family and our community.