Wreaths have always played an important role in home decoration, but they have also played a role in expressions of sympathy for those who have lost loved ones, like the family members of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. So on Wednesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other officials plan to mark the 12th year anniversary with wreath-laying at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville based on a Sept. 10 Yahoo News report.
Wreaths Across America, an organization dedicated to helping Americans remember, honor and teach the young about the sacrifice and service of our nation's military men and women, understand all too well the symbolic significance of wreath-laying. And like Defense Sec. Hagel, they mark significant events in our nation's history by laying down decorated wreaths in honor of those who have died.
James T. Farmer III, the author of "Wreaths for All Seasons," chooses to focus on the happier occasions of wreath-making and use in his book, but he also talks about the circle of life that wreaths represent visually, and he says that "whatever the season, celebration, holiday or event, there is a representational wreath."
Farmer is right, of course, there is a wreath for all occasions and one only has to look at these wreaths placed on each grave at Arlington National Cemetery by the WAA members to see how much such a symbol can impact the viewer. In the Arlington Photos of the Week for Sept. 9, a flag was chosen as the wreath of choice this year to mark the 9-11 granite memorial that will honor the 184 Pentagon victims slain.