A nationwide ceremony brings thousands to North Dakota to honor our fallen soldiers.
KX reporter Sonji Milburn talks about how the wreaths across America makes a difference in people’s lives.
These names called are just a few of the thousands of veterans buried in the North Dakota veterans cemetery, and every December their gravestones are decorated with wreaths.
Wayne Jundt: “I think about him all the time and I can feel his presence.”
Its an emotional time for Wayne Jundt after losing his father five years ago. Every year at Christmas my dad was a very vocal man, so I would yell above the room and everybody would say oh tom is still here. With Christmas in less than a week, people are gifting those who fought for our country, by joining the wreaths across America movement.
For 12 years, the Bismarck composite squadron of the civil air patrol has been putting this ceremony.
There are six thousand wreaths placed on this grave site. Not only is this ceremony giving homage to veterans it is to give closure to families.
Every year when we do sponsorships, we get cards and letters. It is incredible the number of letters families send us thanking us for doing this annually. It means a good deal for them.
Wreaths are sponsored by individuals to place each year. There are only two cemeteries in North Dakota that participate in this ceremony. North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan and Rosehill Memorial Park Cemetery in Minot.
And if Wayne could have one last chance to speak to his father, he would say this:
“That I am proud of him and that I miss him,” says Wayne.
In January organizers will remove the wreaths from the cemetery and dispose of them.
All new wreath sponsors will go towards next years ceremony.