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The War Experience and the Importance of “Wreaths Across America”

Fri, Dec 12, 2014

Distance Learning, Uncategorized

By Dr. Charles W. Bindig
Editor, Edu Trends Online

American Military University professional staff are once again participating the wreath laying ceremony that will be held on December 13, 2014 at the Arlington National Cemetery. This annual event is in observance of our fallen heroes of all modern wars since the Civil War. Although I will not be participating in the event due to distance I live from Arlington, VA, it is fitting that my colleagues engage in this exceptional endeavor due to the lineage of our online university.

My father, who was a veteran of WW II, is interred at a military cemetery in New Jersey where the very same wreath laying tradition also continues. Dad was wounded severely during the Battle for the Hurtgen Forest in Germany (1944), in the same general area where his cousin was killed. Although my father survived his injuries, the experience never left him and he continued to have pain and hospitalizations throughout his life.  As he aged the war experience became more prominent and he participated in veterans’ events with heightened fervor. The laying of one wreath signifies the respect we have for all of our fallen heroes whether they died in battle or survived their injuries to raise a family. I will never know what it was really like on that one snowy, windswept German November night, but it forever changed my father’s life.  Thanks for all who choose to honor the fallen on Saturday.

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