Christmas Wreath Tradition at Soldiers’ Gravesites Slammed by Military Religious Freedom Foundation

by Michael Freeman

For almost 30 years, Wreaths Across America have been laying wreaths on fallen military members’ graves. However, a secularist non-profit organization is slamming the group and calls the act a “disgrace.”

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) recently called out Wreaths Across America while speaking to the Colorado Springs Gazette. MRFF founder Mikey Weinstein spoke directly to the outlet. In the discussion, he called what Wreaths Across America is doing “an atrocity and a disgrace.”

“We have no problem if people reach out and want a wreath on their deceased veterans’ graves, but to put them everywhere, to blanket them without permission of the surviving families is unconstitutional, an atrocity and a disgrace,” Weinstein stated.

Near the end of the discussion with the Colorado Springs Gazette, Weinstein notes his organization has represented almost 77,000 clients who oppose certain military practices they believe to have religious overtones. “People say you’re Scrooge Weinstein, but this is wrong and un-American to assume every veteran would want a wreath on their grave,” he said. “These veterans have given their all for this country, and they can’t fight back now. We’re going to continue fighting for them.”

MRFF criticized the organization a few weeks ago too. MRFF Senior Research Director Chris Rodda wrote an opinion piece late last month slamming the tradition as well. “The gravesites of Christians and non-Christians alike will be adorned with this hijacked-from-paganism symbol of Christianity — circular and made of evergreen to symbolize everlasting life through Jesus Christ. Whether the families of the deceased veterans like it or not,” Rodda wrote.

Rodda’s piece goes on to claim Wreaths Across America has volunteers lay a wreath on every veteran’s grave. Doing this is “forcing the non-Christian dead who didn’t celebrate Christmas in life to celebrate it in death.”

Wreaths Across America Sets 2021 Dates for Parades Honoring Veterans

Wreaths Across America began its annual tradition of laying wreaths in December 1992. It’s also the longest parade honoring veterans. On that note, thanks to a recent announcement, we know the important dates regarding the march.

Fox News covered the announcement, learning the parade will begin on December 11. Lasting a week, it will conclude on December 18 at Arlington National Cemetery. Coincidentally, this is also National Wreaths Across America Day. Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America, spoke about the occasion and what it represents.

“For those who have had the opportunity to participate in the escort of wreaths over the years, it is truly an experience of a lifetime,” Worcester stated. “This year we’re hoping that supporters will once again join us in lining the roadways safely and welcome the mission into their communities.”

As of now, Wreaths Across America hasn’t commented on MRFF’s statements.