On November 12 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the Wilton Historical Society located on 224 Danbury Road in Wilton is hosting a cranberry wreath making workshop for kids to commemorate Veterans Day. The children will be making a wreath to remember our vets, decorated with cranberries. The ceremonial laying of a wreath at a grave site or memorial is practiced around the world. Heads of state, the U.S. president, military and veterans honor departed members of the armed forces by laying a wreath of flowers and greenery at the site.
While fashioning their wreath, the children will hear from Lola Chen, Museum Educator, about the history and significance of Veteran’s Day and wreaths. This activity also includes a snack. The cost to participate is $10 per child Wilton Historical Society Members, maximum $25 per family; the cost for non-members is $15 per child, maximum $35 per family. Please register: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-762-7257.
Did you know?
The symbolism of the wreath has been used at funerals since antiquity to represent a circle of eternal life. Laurel is also a commemorative symbol. Woven into a wreath, it was used by the ancient Romans to crown victors and the brave as a mark of honor.
Wreaths are commonly laid at the tombs of soldiers and at memorial cenotaphs during Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day ceremonies. Wreaths may also be laid in memory of persons lost at sea, either from an accident or due to navy action. In a memorial service at sea, the wreath is lowered to the water and set adrift.