Wayne, NJ - In partnership with Wreaths Across America, Passaic County Technical-Vocational Schools (PCTVS) students raised enough funds to sponsor 1, 278 wreaths that were each place on veteran's graves at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Totowa. The event was part of a nation-wide initiative National Wreaths Across America Day, in which similar wreath-laying ceremonies were held simultaneously across the country at nearly 2,000 participating locations, including Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC. At each event, the shared goal was to place a live, balsam fir wreath at the headstone of every veteran buried there, to spread patriotism and ensure all of our nation’s heroes are remembered.
“It was an extraordinary day to remember,” said Sandy Woods, Director of Communications/Special Projects at PCTVS. "The chilly, rainy weather didn’t stop all of our volunteers from participating in this noble event."
Over three-hundred people came to remember and honor those who served our country and gave the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedoms. Student ambassadors from the PCTVS NJROTC program, Student Council, End Racism and Sexism Everywhere (ERASE), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), National Honor Society (NHS) and other groups joined PCTVS faculty and staff, family members, local veterans and volunteers as they laid wreaths throughout the cemetery.
“We read a prayer over the wreaths after we laid them on the graves," said PCTVS senior, Michaela Schwab. “Then we saluted for at least thirty seconds. During that moment of silence, I was able to really think about veterans and what they've gone through. You come face to face with respect, honor and sadness. It was beautiful."
Over the past two months, students and staff of PCTVS in Wayne volunteered to host various fundraisers to sponsor holiday wreaths to honor veterans interred at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. "These initiatives uphold PCTVS’ unwavering dedication to remembrance and patriotism, while continuing the vision of “Wreaths Across America” to educate younger generations about veterans’ service and patriotism, and the importance of remembering the sacrifices they made to ensure our freedoms,” said Woods.
“I’d like to express a heartfelt thank you to all students, staff and community members who participated in this remarkable event,” said Diana C. Lobosco, Chief School Administrator at PCTVS. “The day was a demonstration of community, honor and patriotism as we continue to remember the bravery and sacrifice of our veterans. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with ‘Wreaths Across America’ in the future through our shared vision to remember, honor and teach."