Utes in DC Laying ‘Wreaths Across America’ to Honor Fallen Veterans

Wreaths have been a symbol of Christmas for centuries, but this year a group of University of Utah alumni are making them a symbol to honor fallen patriots as well.

Members of the Washington, DC, Chapter of the University of Utah Alumni Association are participating in the annual Wreaths Across America, an event that places 500,000 wreaths on veterans’ graves. The Utes are laying wreaths on gravesites next Saturday (12/13) at Arlington National Cemetery, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. This is the second year the group has been involved.

U of U DC Chapter alumni association board members Mondi Basmenji and Bryson Morgan lay wreaths at Arlington Cemetery in 2013.

“It really was an extraordinary experience last year, laying wreaths with hundreds of other volunteers,” said Bryson Morgan, president of the Washington Chapter. “Each wreath is just a small gesture, but added together they all make an enormous gift to our veterans. We’re excited to be able to do this again this year.”  

Wreaths Across America’s annual yuletide mission isn’t just restricted to Arlington though, with events both across the US and abroad. The group is sponsoring wreaths at more than 20 locations in Utah, including Fort Douglas Cemetery. To learn more about the program, click here.

The Washington, DC Chapter of the University of Utah Alumni Association serves more than 3,400 alumni in the Washington, DC, area and participates in a variety of networking, social, athletic, and family friendly events.  For more information about the Chapter, click here.