December 6, 2012 - Issue: Vol. 158, No. 156 — Daily Edition112th Congress (2011 - 2012) - 2nd Session
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA DAY; Congressional Record Vol. 158, No. 156
(Senate - December 06, 2012)
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[Page S7688] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA DAY Mrs. HAGAN. I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the consideration of S. Res. 611, which was submitted earlier today. The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will report the resolution by title. The legislative clerk read as follows: A resolution (S. 611) designating December 15, 2012, as ``Wreaths Across America Day.'' There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to consider the resolution. Mrs. HAGAN. I ask unanimous consent that the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, and the motions to reconsider be laid upon the table. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. The resolution (S. Res. 611) was agreed to. The preamble was agreed to. The resolution, with its preamble, reads as follows: S. Res. 611 Whereas, 21 years ago, the Wreaths Across America project began an annual tradition, during the month of December, of donating, transporting, and placing Maine balsam fir holiday wreaths on the graves of the fallen heroes buried at Arlington National Cemetery; Whereas, since that tradition began, through the hard work and generosity of the individuals involved in the Wreaths Across America project, more than 350,000 wreaths have been sent to more than 800 locations, including national cemeteries and veterans memorials in every State, and to locations overseas; Whereas the mission of the Wreaths Across America project to ``Remember, Honor, Teach'' is carried out in part by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery as well as veterans cemeteries and other locations in all 50 States; Whereas the Wreaths Across America project carries out a week-long veterans parade between Maine and Virginia, stopping along the way to spread a message about the importance of remembering the fallen heroes of the United States, honoring those who serve, and teaching the people of the United States about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms; Whereas, in 2011, wreaths were sent to more than 700 locations across the United States and overseas, 180 more locations than the previous year; Whereas, in December 2012, the Patriot Guard Riders, a motorcycle and motor vehicle group that is dedicated to patriotic events and includes more than 250,000 members nationwide, will continue their tradition of escorting a tractor-trailer filled with donated wreaths from Harrington, Maine, to Arlington National Cemetery; Whereas thousands of individuals volunteer each December to escort and lay the wreaths; Whereas December 10, 2011, was previously designated by the Senate as ``Wreaths Across America Day''; and Whereas the Wreaths Across America project will continue its proud legacy on December 15, 2012, bringing approximately 125,000 wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery on that day: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate-- (1) designates December 15, 2012, as ``Wreaths Across America Day''; (2) honors the Wreaths Across America project, the Patriot Guard Riders, and all of the volunteers and donors involved in this worthy tradition; and (3) recognizes the sacrifices our veterans, members of the Armed Forces, and their families have made, and continue to make, for our great Nation. ____________________