Students in the Rockport-Fulton High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps assisted with the laying of the wreaths in the Wreaths Across America Day Ceremony Saturday, Dec. 18 at Veterans Memorial Park.

Wreaths Across America Day was held Saturday, Dec. 18 at Veterans Memorial Park. The ceremony was held in conjunction with 3,000 other Wreaths Across America ceremonies across the nation.

It was Aransas County’s third consecutive year hosting the event and was sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Navy Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (NJROTC), led by Commander Jose Luis Sanchez and Chief Christian Salas, began the event by posting the colors and reciting the pledge of allegiance.

Keynote speaker for the event was Rockport Mayor Pat Rios.

Rios spoke about the liberties we enjoy freely today and how they have not come without a cost.

“As we place these balsam wreaths on these monuments today, we will be thinking about and appreciating in our hearts, the more than 600 Rockport-Fulton service men and women who are buried in our area’s cemeteries,” said Rios. “These green wreaths represent the special qualities our veterans embody, such as endurance. The beautiful red bows represent the veterans’ great sacrifices.”

After a moment of silence, the DAR announced each wreath’s significance before the RFHS NJROTC placed them on the nine monuments honoring Aransas County’s fallen heroes, as well as its veterans.

After the retiring of colors by the RFHS NJROTC, Wreaths Across America facilitator Toni Post concluded the ceremonies.

The wreaths will remain on the monuments for all visitors to see through Jan. 1, 2022.

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