Where are the wreaths honoring soldiers?

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Honoring fallen soldiers can be done in many ways, one being a memorial wreath.

Time and time again, as I drive down Goodyear Boulevard, I see a single wreath lying on the ground of the veteran memorial in front of Picayune City Hall.

Instead of being propped upright, the wind punishes wreath after wreath, which is an eyesore that discredits the memorial.

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It was recently brought to my attention that the city constructed railing surrounding the memorial several years ago.

One of the purposes of this railing is to prevent the wreaths from toppling over due to windy conditions.

Another purpose is to hang the wreaths on the rail, so one would have no chance of ending up on the ground.

When I first moved here in May, one of the first things I noticed was the memorial and the elegant wreaths decorating it.

But as time passed, fewer wreaths were placed.

The use of wreaths holds many sentimental meanings.

For some, the ring shape, made of living plants, leaves and twigs, represents life coming full circle.

No matter what the wreath might represent for you, it should be treated with the utmost respect.

The sight of wreaths lining the rail at the memorial is more than just a pleasant spectacle, they represent a beautiful tribute to those that sacrificed their life for the freedoms we all have in the U.S.

I highly encourage the use of the rail to display a wreath.

Instead of using the three-legged stand, placing a hook on the rail or tying the wreath to the rail would be the best way to display your wreath and ensure it stays where placed.