Lincoln-Way AFJROTC Participates in Wreaths Across America
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

On Saturday, December 15, 2018, the veterans’ graves at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery were honored at the annual “Wreaths Across America” wreath-laying event; the event took place at National Cemeteries across the country. The event was established to honor and remember veterans from each branch of the military, as well as the prisoners of war, and those missing in action.

Master Sergeant Dan Schliffka served as the Master of Ceremonies coordinator and was joined by more than 100 Lincoln-Way Air Force JROTC cadets who served as American Flag bearers, singers of the National Anthem, and military wreath presenters. In addition to the ceremony presentation, the cadets assisted community volunteers as they unpacked nearly 23,000 wreaths to be placed on veteran grave sites.

“’Wreath’s Across America’ is a national project with a mission to remember, honor, and teach by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 1,400 National Cemeteries across the nation. Our goal is to remember our fallen U.S. veterans, honor those who serve, and teach children the value of freedom.” said Schliffka.

In addition to serving veterans at the “Wreaths Across America” event, Lincoln-Way Air Force JROTC cadets served the community by helping with the annual “Christmas Tree Ship” event on December 1, 2018. Cadets opened the ceremony by presenting the flags and singing the National Anthem. They were later joined by other local volunteer organizations to unload more than 1,300 trees from the US Coast Guard Cutter, Mackinaw; trees were placed onto trucks for distribution to deserving families throughout Chicago. More than 60 cadets participated in the event.

“Lincoln-Way Air Force JROTC cadets are very giving of their time.” stated MSgt Schliffka. “Between both events, more than 800 community service hours were recorded. This speaks multitudes for the gracious attitude of our students.”