This will end up being a two-part RAoK. The first part was easy…I went online to Wreaths Across America and donated $15 to sponsor a holiday wreath to be laid on a soldier’s grave. Anyone can do this at any time during the year, choosing to sponsor a wreath to be laid on a specified Saturday in December (the 13th this year) at Arlington National Cemetery or at a local cemetery in any of the 50 states (dates vary). I opted to sponsor an Arlington wreath because my paternal grandfather was a WWII veteran who was laid to rest there (although he does not have a grave–he was inurned in the Columbarium).
The second part of this RAoK will have to wait approximately 7 1/2 months. In December, I would like to volunteer to place wreaths on the graves of this country’s fallen heroes. Ideally, I’d like to do this at Arlington, but it might end up being more practical to volunteer at a local cemetery. Regardless, I expect it to be a moving experience, and one that I won’t soon forget.
In an attempt to overwrite all the negative feelings I have about April I have made a pledge to complete 26 random acts of kindness this month. Reporting on these acts is the theme of my participation in this year’s April A to Z Challenge. If what you read here inspires you to commit your own RAoKs this month, please share what you’ve done in the comments. Together, we can rewrite April’s legacy!
If you’d like to check out how some other bloggers are responding to the A to Z Challenge, click here. Beware, there are 2034 participants at the time of this posting…I accept no responsibility for the hours you are likely to lose once you start browsing! 🙂