RAHWAY, NJ - Again this year A Hero's Welcome North Jersey Chapter partnered with Wreaths Across America to honor veterans at Rahway National Cemetery during the Christmas season. Saturday, December 15 was Wreaths Across America Day.
Rose Pagan, coordinator of AHWNJ, said 110 volunteers from the organization and Hasbrouck Heights again traveled to Rahway to remember veterans and lay wreaths on the graves. It is the second year the group has participated. This year 700 veterans' graves received wreaths, some of which date back to the Revolutionary War. The wreaths are paid for by volunteers and fundraising efforts throughout the year.
There was also an hour-long ceremony where the veterans were remembered. In addition, over 130 deceased veterans were remembered with white ribbons embossed with their names. Two Hasbrouck Heights High School students performed in the ceremony: Ryan Quish sang "The National Anthem" and Aiden Desics played "Taps."
"It's the holiday to give back," said Pagan. "For some of these people, it's the only time they get remembered every year."
Wreaths Across America "coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 1,400 locations across the United States, at sea and abroad," according to its website. Its mission it to Remember, Honor, and Teach. It remembers veterans from the Revolutionary War to present day conflicts.