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Wreaths Across America at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA

posted Dec 16, 2017, 9:20 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Dec 16, 2017, 10:19 PM ]
by Lt. Col. Jeffrey A. Lustick, Washington Wing Public Affairs

Kent, Wash. -- Every December on National Wreaths Across America Day, Washington Wing Civil Air Patrol members converge at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington, and at other locations in Washington state, to honor American military members and their families. Our mission is to "Remember, Honor and Teach," and it is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies with those happening simultaneously at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.


Left: Colonel Rebecca J. Sonkiss, USAF, Commander, 62nd Airlift Wing, McChord Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, meets with CAP 2d Lt Dennis W. Smith of Renton Composite Squadron, and thanks him for his service to the United States. (WA Wing CAP Photo).

Top: The Air Force Memorial at Wreaths Across America 2017 (WA Wing CAP Photo).

Bottom: Non-commissioned officers from the United States Marine Corps render a 21-gun salute for Wreaths Across America at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA (WA Wing CAP Photo).

Colonel Rebecca Sonkiss, USAF, Commander, 62nd Airlift Wing at McChord Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, served as Keynote Speaker for Wreaths Across America 2017 at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA. (WA Wing CAP Photo)

Check out all of the photos from this year's ceremony!