Wreaths Across America is a group that organizes a nationwide event to lay wreaths at the graves of America’s fallen heroes each December.

There aren’t many who find disdain for the gesture.

That is until Military Religious Freedom Foundation president Michael ‘Mikey’ Weinstein went on a rant against having the wreaths placed on the tombstones of those who might be of a different religion.

“We’re not saying you can’t [place wreaths], but you cannot blanket it like that,” he said in an interview with Fox News. “That’s like carpet-bombing.”

“That looks like it’s a Christian gang sign, that you’re creating territory that is a Christian territory,” he continued.

Wreaths are used in celebrating Christmas but are also utilized in ceremonial events in many cultures around the globe.

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Attacking Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America has been placing wreaths at veteran cemeteries for nearly 30 years.

The organization states their goal of “coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,600 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.”

Weinstein’s nonprofit, however, is clearly unimpressed with the ceremony in honor of the fallen.

“The graves of all veterans in our country’s 155 national cemeteries and numerous other locations where American veterans are buried, will be indiscriminately decorated with Christmas wreaths by the organization Wreaths Across America,” the group said in a statement.

They seem to be under the impression that normal people take umbrage with the act.

They weren’t done there.

“The gravesites of Christians and non-Christians alike will be adorned with this hijacked-from-paganism symbol of Christianity — circular and made of evergreen to symbolize everlasting life through Jesus Christ — whether the families of the deceased veterans like it or not,” they write.

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Trump Saved Event Last Year

Aside from this nonprofit’s attempts to cancel Wreaths Across America, the pandemic was almost successful at doing so last year.

Arlington National Cemetery announced in November of 2020 that they were canceling the event after conducting a “thorough analysis” due to difficulty in maintaining pandemic-era protocols.

Former President Donald Trump stepped in to prevent that from happening.

“I have reversed the ridiculous decision to cancel Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery,” Trump tweeted.

In 2015, 80-year-old retired Marine Fred Kaffenberger was placing wreaths at Leavenworth National Cemetery for Wreaths Across America.

Kaffenberger, a member of The Sons of the American Revolution, was in full patriotic uniform with a group of people taking part in the event when he suddenly passed away.

His dedication to honoring the fallen should never be forgotten.

“This is the way he would’ve chosen to go. Wouldn’t you want to go doing what you love to do and go in an instant?” a family member asked at the time. “Yeah, I would too.”


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