Crowning Ceremony Across America Draws Many to Texas State Cemetery Despite Rain


Austin Cemetery was one of 3,100 places across the country that participated in the laying of wreaths to honor the memory of those who served.

AUSTIN, Texas – A crowd of community members and volunteers filled the Texas State Cemetery for Wreath Day across America on Saturday afternoon.

Austin Cemetery was one of 3,100 places across the country that participated in the laying of wreaths to honor the memory of those who served.

Organizers said it was the highest turnout they had ever had. Despite the rain, volunteers quickly filled the lawn, with approximately over 3,200 graves, to honor the veterans. Those in attendance were encouraged to say aloud the name of the veteran they honored while laying a wreath at the grave.

“The turnout was absolutely amazing. It seems to go up every year. The more people who know this, I think it becomes an annual tradition for families,” said Kristin Machamer, location coordinator for the chapter Wreaths Across America Austin.

Wreaths Across America receives wreaths through sponsorship. When someone sponsors a crown, they also donate money for that crown to be purchased.

“I think the most important point is that this is truly a promise to all of the veterans who see us lay these wreaths, and their families, that we will always remember. a promise for them, ”Machamer said.

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