This is a guest blog written by Amy Nieman, RTG Medical’s Brand Ambassador. She is sharing her details of her experience from Wreaths Across America’s Omaha wreath-laying ceremony held on Saturday, December 16th at Omaha National Cemetary.
Before joining RTG Medical, I had not heard of the Wreaths Across America organization. I was in for a truly memorable experience this past weekend when I got to participate in their wreath-laying ceremony at Omaha National Cemetery.
On Saturday, December 16th, over 500 guests gathered to witness an incredibly patriotic event. Participants young and old took in the beautiful view and weather (even in December!). There were several guest speakers and ceremony wreath layers representing every branch of the United States military, including RTG Medical’s President & CEO, Charlie Janssen (U.S. Navy veteran of Desert Storm), and Senior Recruiter Zachary Crosby (Corporal with the U.S. Marine Corps).
Jimmy Weber sang touching versions of “The National Anthem” and “God Bless the USA” for the crowd. At the end of the ceremony, the families of those laid to rest placed a wreath on their loved one’s tombstone while “Amazing Grace” played on the bagpipes by the Omaha Police Department Pipe and Drums team.
What was moving most were the children in attendance who were able to participate and learn the purpose of remembering those who we’ve lost. A lot of emotion was felt on this day, between witnessing the children laying wreaths and the meaning behind the ceremony, it was tough not to tear up.
It was also special for me to be there as Mary Blodgett (WAA Omaha chapter Executive Director) announced that RTG Medical is the first corporate partner for the Wreaths Across America Omaha chapter. I have been able to see first-hand that we are a company who supports giving and volunteerism. In 2017, RTG employees donated $15,000 to this organization. With a company of nearly 80 employees, I feel that amount definitely goes above and beyond!
I am blessed to now have insight into what Wreaths Across America stands for, and I look forward to bringing my family to a future ceremony.