For the second year in a row, the Sealy High School Student Council, National Honor Society and Interact Club hosted a local Wreaths Across America event as part of the national movement that took place at over 1,600 locations from coast to coast.
“Prior to last year, we took kids to the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Houston for Wreaths Across America,” said Stephanie Novicke, NHS sponsor. “We received donations for 500 wreaths from community members and businesses and the Selman Foundation made a large donation.”
Students and teachers lined up with other community members first at the American Legion Hall on Saturday morning, Dec. 14, to honor fallen veterans. From there, they went to Sealy Cemetery as well as the Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery to lay wreaths on headstones to honor the memories of those we have lost.
“We were overwhelmed with the support of the community in getting the wreaths donated. We exceeded our goal and are very thankful,” Novicke said after the ceremonies. “This event is so important to us for many reasons. It shows the students how important it is to be part of something bigger than themselves; it shows how we are all connected.
“Our students did a great job and we as sponsors are so proud of their commitment,” Novicke continued. “For over 10 years, we participated in a ceremony in Houston and we really wanted to bring that to Sealy. The Sealy event started small last year, and we added to it this year. Our hope and our goal is to continue to grow this event here in Sealy. We would love for community members to attend the ceremony as well.”
Wreaths Across America is recognized on the second Saturday in December and anyone can donate a wreath to be laid during the nationwide ceremony.