Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Sen. Jim Honeyford, Sunnyside, laid a wreath in the state Capitol Rotunda in honor of veterans buried at Arlington National Cemetery as part of the "Wreaths Across America" campaign.
The Monday afternoon ceremony was one of 50 being held in state capitals nationwide, culminating with a wreath-laying on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Va.
Honeyford, who is a member of the Civil Air Patrol, was joined by other state legislators and officials as well as fellow Civil Air Patrol members.
"I am honored to have organized the Washington ceremony for Wreaths Across America," Honeyford said. "Having the wreath in our state's Capitol building will honor the thousands of veterans who have died in defense of our country. I hope Washington citizens will take time this holiday season to remember those who are not with their families because they died supporting our freedoms," Honeyford said.
The goal of Wreaths Across America is to honor every veteran buried at Arlington National Cemetery -- 220,000 in all -- with commemorative wreaths in locations around the nation. The organization projects that more than 400,000 wreaths will be placed nationwide this year.