Cushman & Wakefield’s LTC Thomas V. Giannini, attending as a representative of the 1st Brigade, 98th Division, 108th Training Command, and his family recently helped lend their support to the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California on December 15, 2018. LTC Giannini coordinated transportation for several Veterans, including a World War II Army Veteran, to this important memorial ceremony. There were an estimated 500 volunteers.
The 1-BDE, 98th Division, 108th Training Command provides command emphasis by encouraging its soldiers to proudly represent both the U. S. Army and the unit by participating in community engagements, resulting in positive public relations and increasing unit moral and strength. LTC Giannini has been directly involved with the Wreaths Across America mission for many years.
Following the formal memorial ceremony, attendees, including LTC Giannini’s Eagle Scout son Thomas and daughter Marie, together placed wreaths at grave-markers of the veterans. Golden Gate National Cemetery, one the largest national cemeteries in the western United States, was honored by joining Arlington in a moment of national silence and remembrance.
Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the mission of Wreaths Across America to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.
A statement from the organization’s web site reads: “From the Revolutionary War to present day conflicts, our veterans are devoted sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers. They come from all backgrounds in life to place those lives on the line for our freedoms.”
To learn more or to join this mission by sponsoring a veterans’ wreath at a cemetery near you, volunteering or donating to a local fundraising group visit https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/
Story by Joshua Deale, Senior Communications Specialist