BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Dozens of families celebrated the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom during the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Baton Rouge National Cemetery Saturday, Dec. 14.
Blue Star Mothers of Louisiana Chapter 1 President Sunny Senft says the annual wreath ceremony is a simple gesture with a big impact.
“Most families’ biggest fear is that they will be forgotten and our chapter’s mission [is to] make sure those families are never forgotten,” said Senft.
Cherished memories are what keeps many of the families who attended going, like Audrey Henry who served in the Navy.
“That was the light of my life. I raised him ever since he was a baby. I talked to him every day. While he was in the service we will call him. When he was out at sea for 10 to 11 months we emailed back and forth. I miss mostly hearing his voice and talking to him,” said Henry.
Billie Jo Alexander attended to celebrate her brother who died while serving in Iraq.
“We lost so much. We lost a friend, a brother, a son, and it was for the freedoms that everybody enjoys. To see this many people out and to see so many wreaths laying, it’s helped us get through the holidays," said Alexander.
Sunny Senft says they sold more than 4,100 wreaths, a record number.
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