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Honoring our veterans

First Posted: 1:19 pm - December 24th, 2015

By James Inabinet - jinabinet@civitasmedia.com



Volunteers, retired and active duty veterans, and family members showed up en masse to pay their respects on Dec. 13.
James Inabinet | The Herald Independent
The presentation of the colors at the Wreaths Across America event held in Columbia.
James Inabinet | The Herald Independent
A lone bagpiper plays before the crowd gathered at Fort Jackson National Cemetery for Wreaths Across America.
James Inabinet | The Herald Independent
Major General Roger Cloutier, commander of Fort Jackson, speaks about the importance of honoring and ensuring the care of our veterans.
James Inabinet | The Herald Independent
Charles Knight of Winnsboro places a wreath on the grave of his wife, Elizabeth Ann Knight, during Wreaths Across America held Dec. 13 at Fort Jackson National Cemetery. Charles Knight retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service.
James Inabinet | The Herald Independent
Junior ROTC members place wreaths on the graves at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.
James Inabinet | The Herald Independent
Organizers said that due to the turnout, it was possible that not everyone in attendance would be able to lay a wreath as there were more in attendance than the considerable number buried on site.
James Inabinet | The Herald Independent
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COLUMBIA — The Fort Jackson National Cemetery hosted Wreaths Across America, an event held each year just before Christmas, to honor veterans and families buried at national cemeteries across the country.

Volunteers, retired and active duty veterans, and family members showed up en masse to pay their respects on Dec. 13.

The event began in a small, lesser visited portion of Arlington National Cemetery. It gained steam when an image on the internet became viral and, in 2008, cemeteries across the nation picked up the movement.

The day included several prominent speakers. Major General Roger Cloutier, commander of Fort Jackson, spoke about the importance of honoring and ensuring the care of our veterans.

Cemetery director Gene Linxwiler spoke of the reverence of the moment, and emphasized remembering those gone but focusing of those who remain with us.

It was Kevin Schwedo, however, who was perhaps the most moving of the day’s speakers. Schwedo, executive director of the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, spoke of veterans’ contributions during the recent flooding in the state.

He spoke of nine veterans whose homes, lives, and families had been uprooted, and who had left their families to work to restore the lives of others. Without that one percent of our nation who are veterans, he pointed out, we would be without the valuable leadership and work ethic that comes from time in the military.

It was clear that the community shares his opinion from the turnout. Organizers said that due to the turnout, it was possible that not everyone in attendance would be able to lay a wreath as there were more in attendance than the considerable number buried on site.

Volunteers, retired and active duty veterans, and family members showed up en masse to pay their respects on Dec. 13.
http://heraldindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_waxaFlags-Wreaths.jpgVolunteers, retired and active duty veterans, and family members showed up en masse to pay their respects on Dec. 13. James Inabinet | The Herald Independent

The presentation of the colors at the Wreaths Across America event held in Columbia.
http://heraldindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_waxaPresentation-of-colors.jpgThe presentation of the colors at the Wreaths Across America event held in Columbia. James Inabinet | The Herald Independent

A lone bagpiper plays before the crowd gathered at Fort Jackson National Cemetery for Wreaths Across America.
http://heraldindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_waxaBagpipe-Amazing-Grace.jpgA lone bagpiper plays before the crowd gathered at Fort Jackson National Cemetery for Wreaths Across America. James Inabinet | The Herald Independent

Major General Roger Cloutier, commander of Fort Jackson, speaks about the importance of honoring and ensuring the care of our veterans.
http://heraldindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_waxaGeneral-addresses-crowd.jpgMajor General Roger Cloutier, commander of Fort Jackson, speaks about the importance of honoring and ensuring the care of our veterans. James Inabinet | The Herald Independent

Charles Knight of Winnsboro places a wreath on the grave of his wife, Elizabeth Ann Knight, during Wreaths Across America held Dec. 13 at Fort Jackson National Cemetery. Charles Knight retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service.
http://heraldindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_waxaDad-2.jpgCharles Knight of Winnsboro places a wreath on the grave of his wife, Elizabeth Ann Knight, during Wreaths Across America held Dec. 13 at Fort Jackson National Cemetery. Charles Knight retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service. James Inabinet | The Herald Independent

Junior ROTC members place wreaths on the graves at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.
http://heraldindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_waxaJROTC-wreaths.jpgJunior ROTC members place wreaths on the graves at Fort Jackson National Cemetery. James Inabinet | The Herald Independent

Organizers said that due to the turnout, it was possible that not everyone in attendance would be able to lay a wreath as there were more in attendance than the considerable number buried on site.
http://heraldindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_20151212_115108.jpgOrganizers said that due to the turnout, it was possible that not everyone in attendance would be able to lay a wreath as there were more in attendance than the considerable number buried on site. James Inabinet | The Herald Independent

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