COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The tenth annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony at Fort Jackson National Cemetery took place Saturday afternoon, where roughly 6,500 wreaths were laid on the graves of Midlands veterans.
Mary Mosley, one of many in the Midlands, honors her husband every year at this ceremony.
Mosley is a Gold Star wife, who lost her husband Alphonso Mosley Sr. due to medical injuries from the Vietnam War.
Mosley Sr. served in the U.S Army for 25 years and died in 2011.
I miss him, I really miss him,” Mosley said. “I just wish he was here.”
Fort Jackson holds a special place in Mosely’s heart.
“I met him here, and we married and we raised our children here and it just means a whole lot to me. Every time I come on Ft. Jackson I really think about him.” Mosley said.
The Wreaths Across America Ceremony is a way to honor and remember the veterans who served and keep their memory alive.
“A veteran dies twice. Once when they draw their last breath, and then the last time their name is ever said,” Carol Davis, Coordinator for Wreaths Across America Ft. Jackson National Ceremony said. “So our way of keeping them alive is to place a wreath in their memory and say their name.”
Roughly 6,500 gravesites at the Ft. Jackson National Cemetery has an evergreen wreath placed on their headstones.
Similar ceremonies were held Saturday across the country.