40 students from Salisbury Lion’s LEO Club lay veteran remembrance wreaths at Arlington Cemetery on Saturday.

  • by James Moore - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 3:20pm

Forty students from the Salisbury LEO Club, a youth group associated with Salisbury Lions Club (SLC) and Wicomico County Board of Education, are traveling to Arlington Cemetery on Saturday, December 16th to participate in Wreaths Across America. The students, along with parents and Salisbury Lions Club members, will join hundreds in placing veteran remembrance wreaths on over 200,000 graves of American heroes buried at the Arlington National Cemetery.
Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, thousands of Americans remember, honor, and teach the next generation about the sacrifice of our veterans by participating in wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, as sea, and abroad.
Karen Worcester, Executive Director of Wreaths Across America, explains that “a person dies twice; once when they take their final breath, and later, the last time their name is spoken. When we lay wreaths on veterans’ graves, we say their names aloud and take a moment to thank each one for their service and sacrifice to our county. It’s a small act that goes a long way toward keeping the memory of our veterans alive. We are not here to decorate graves. We’re not here to remember their deaths, but their lives.”
Angie Langan, sponsor of the Salisbury LEO Club, says that “Wreaths Across America is just one of the many service activities our LEO Club members participate in throughout the school year. The club provides opportunities for high school students to learn how to volunteer, give back to their community, and lay a foundation for a lifetime of service.”
The Salisbury LEO Club is comprised of 72 students at James M Bennett High School who serve the community through a wide range of service projects and charitable activities. Begun in 1957, LEOs now constitute an international network of over 6,500 clubs in 140 countries. Like their Lions Club counterparts, LEOs provide high school students with the opportunity to serve their community and develop a commitment to helping others.