Interact Club of EHS Takes Part In Wreaths Across America

Interact Club of EHS Takes Part In Wreaths Across America

EH Interact Club

East High School’s Interact Club traveled to Arlington, Virginia this past December to participate in the Wreaths Across America (WAA) initiative.

49 students worked together to lay 100 wreaths on the graves of veterans buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The students also attended ceremonies that were coordinated to remember those who lost their lives fighting for this nation’s freedom.

“I gained a lot of respect for the men and women who fought in the armed forces,” said Kevin Zabel, a senior at East who participated in the initiative. “After looking at the gravestones, I realized just how young so many of the soldiers were, and the fact that there were so many graves really brings a somber underlying tone to war.”

Although the trip had been coordinated years back, Sean Martin, the Interact Club’s advisor, hopes the trip to Arlington National Cemetery will become an annual event at East High School. “I think that students felt humbled, and a sense of awe at the majesty of the grounds,” said Martin. “They were very respectful of the trip, the event, the cemetery, and the significance of the sacrifices the soldiers made for our freedom.”

Along with the positive impact the trip made on the students, the students left a lasting impression on those they met and worked with in the process. For example, at the conclusion of the trip, the bus driver commented on how well behaved, respectful, and mature the students were throughout the entire day. What a great way to represent East High School and the West Chester Area School District!

Wreaths Across America’s mission of “Remember, Honor, Teach” is carried out in part by their coordination of wreath laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations across the United States and beyond. To read more about Wreaths Across America, click here.

This article was prepared by Elyse Kistler, intern in the West Chester Area School District’s Communications Office. For more information, please contact Ms. Tracey Dukert, Digital Communications Coordinator, West Chester Area School District at 484-266-1170 or