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Reagan football joins Wreath Across America

Reagan Football

The wreath laying ceremony is an experience the
athletes will never forget.

Members of the Reagan High School Rattler Football Team participated in Wreaths Across America on Dec. 14. The students stayed true to the mission statement of the movement, "Remember, Honor, and Teach." The Reagan athletes and other volunteers in our group assisted with placing nearly 400 wreaths in four sections of the cemetery. Students battled against the winter elements to honor those who have sacrificed their lives so that we can all be free.

The athletes were present for the event ceremony, interacting with service members from different braches and listening to Gold Star mother talk about their loved ones who lost their lives in battle. The athletes were able to participate in the laying of wreaths at the headstones of fallen soldiers and veterans of past wars.

After the ceremony and the wreath laying was complete, the athletes took a photo with Alamo Sports Photography owner Phil Franzone’s father-in-laws headstone. They watched as Larry Blaylock Jr. and Kelly Franzone (Wife of Rattler Photographer, Phil Franzone) laid a wreath at the headstone of their father Captain Larry Dean Blaylock, USAF. Wreaths Across America is a solemn experience but an educational one that the kids will not forget.

Phil Franzone, the organizer of the Rattler player’s wreath laying experience, explained that community service no matter how small or large is important to their community and builds character and leadership skills that they will need as adults.

In 2009 there were 694 wreaths laid at the headstones of the fallen heroes, this year, 16,070 wreaths were laid, almost 4000 of them grave specific.There were approximately 2000 volunteers at the event.

Posted on December 18, 2013