Our local television showed us crowds placing wreaths on stones at Fort Rosecrans this last weekend. I thought the “Wreaths Across America a great idea. Giant semi’s delivering the wreaths. Hoards of good hearted people placing wreaths on graves. Volunteers everywhere.
I waited a few days before going up to see them thinking Grumpy and I would be in the way. But there were only a few wreaths. They were near the main entrance on both sides. The further away you got from the entrance, the less you saw…until there were none at all. None on Dales grave, none on G’s mom and dad’s place, nor any on Mikey’s wall.
I still think it a lovely idea. But personally, I’d like to feed the homeless first. Feed the veterans who are living on the street first before giving the dead a wreath. 1307 veterans are homeless on the streets in my town. The numbers may be down 12%, but that’s still an appalling number of our veterans sleeping on the sidewalks or under a bush. Yes, they need to want their addictions helped. Yes, they need help for their PTSD.
They are not dead yet, and perhaps they would like a hot meal and a warm, clean bed instead of a wreath.