PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Volunteers and state leaders held a tribute to Rhode Island’s veterans Monday afternoon during a wreath laying at the Garden of Heroes at the State House.
The state event is part of the annual week of events organized by Wreaths Across America, where volunteers show appreciation for the sacrifices of veterans.
Rhode Island National Guard Brigadier General Arthur Floru said at a ceremony inside the State House beforehand that the event is also a form of thanks to the families of veterans — including Gold Star families, whose service members died in battle.
“I know it’s not enough, but what may be enough is the fact that there are thousands of people out there who wear the uniform — spread out across the globe — who, I promise you, think of you and your loved ones every minute of every day,” Floru said.
The Rhode Island Funeral Directors Association organizes the state arm of the national campaign.
A contingent of students at Ponaganset High School has been working with the wreaths organization since 2007, hosting annual ceremonies. They’re holding their school’s annual salute to veterans Wednesday morning, from 9-11 a.m., with a heartfelt thanks to fallen soldiers and recognition of local veterans sharing firsthand accounts of their service.
Veterans are invited to the school’s ceremony, and can contact the organizing teacher for information, Michael Calenda, at (401) 710-7500, extension 3243.