Last Full Measure of Devotion: Enduring Respect for Fallen Soldiers
Posted on 12/09/2016
Picture of Rippon students at Quantico National Cemetery

Carrying on the time-honored tradition of placing wreaths to honor fallen soldiers, more than 50 students and staff from Rippon Middle School participated in the National Wreath Project on December 3 at the Quantico National Cemetery. Students learned in class about the tradition and its significance to America’s history and freedom. They joined hundreds of volunteers taking part in the 2016 National Wreath Project of the Sgt. Mac Foundation. 

The National Wreath Project began in Gettysburg, PA in 2006 with a family whose son died while serving the United States Marine Corps overseas. Sgt. Eric McColley’s family established the Sgt. Mac Foundation National Wreath Project which organizes the placement of wreaths at the Gettysburg National Cemetery and the Quantico National Cemetery. 

Rippon students and faculty assisted in the monumental task of unloading and placing over 10,000 wreaths at gravesites throughout the Quantico National Cemetery. Event organizers expressed their gratitude to Rippon Middle School for supporting the Sgt. Mac Foundation’s National Wreath Project, said Rippon Principal Gail Stone.

Pictured: Students and staff from Rippon Middle School at Quantico National Cemetery.