Heartland Hospice serving Tucson and Green Valley participated in the Wreaths Across America initiative during the holiday season. Genie Patterson, Heartland Volunteer Coordinator, served as a member of the Wreaths Across America committee that organized and executed this local event.
Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, their mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.
The Tucson community had the opportunity to purchase a wreath before the event. Committee members and volunteers placed wreaths on 1,936 resting places of veterans at the East Lawn Cemetery in Tucson, Arizona.
“Our Heartland staff and volunteers are taking an active role in remembering our veterans who have given their lives to protect our country and freedoms. Wreaths Across America was an important event to honor our veterans locally,” commented Genie. “We must not forget who our veterans are and what they have sacrificed. Heartland Hospice is honored to provide care to our local veterans and their families,” added Genie.