Yesterday, December 19, 2020 was the National Wreaths Across America Day. Pearl Harbor Survivor and World War II Hero, Jack Holder, was again honored to participate in this event.
“Yesterdays” are the very foundation of the Wreaths Across America mission. Each December as American friends and families are coming together during the holiday season. But those who died fighting for the freedoms we enjoy are also included in words and actions.
Yes, there is Memorial Day each May. But every December, there are seats left empty at holiday gatherings across America because of fallen Veterans. This is another way to honor them.
The goal of National Wreaths Across America Day is to Remember, Honor and Teach. This is done by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at well over 2,000 additional locations on the same day.
As you might expect, the main location is Arlington National Cemetery. This is the place where the whole movement began in 1992. However, the National Wreaths Across America Day expansion is proudly being held in all 50 U.S. states. Plus, there are memorial ceremonies held at sea and abroad.
The yesterdays remembered during the National Wreaths Across America Day start with those American heroes who left it all on the line in America’s current conflicts, such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. But they date all the way back to those who fought the British tyranny in the Revolutionary War.
Jack Holder was recognized as the special VIP guest at the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Green Acres Mortuary and Cemetery in Scottsdale, Arizona. Nearly 1,500 U.S. Veterans share this beautiful facility as their final resting place on American soil. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the ceremony was limited to less than 50 attendees in person. The event was also shown on a livestream on Facebook.
As a Pearl Harbor Survivor and U.S. Navy aviator during World War II, Jack Holder flew in both the Pacific Theater vs. Japanese forces, and in the European Theater against Hitler’s German forces. Now 99 years old, Jack has certainly seen and known more than his share of fallen U.S. Military Veterans.
Following the 2020 National Wreaths Across America Day, Jack Holder was invited to privately place the wreath recognizing the United States Navy, under the U.S. Navy flag proudly hanging outside at the Green Acres Mortuary and Cemetery.