FORT LEE, Va. (December 16, 2010) --Members of the Fort Lee Chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, along with cadre and students from the Noncommissioned Officers Academy, volunteered to honor the fallen American heroes of current and past conflicts at Arlington National Cemetery by participating in Wreaths Across America.
Fort Lee personnel helped lay approximately 24,000 wreaths Dec. 11 in sections 28, 38, 43 and 60, as well as on the actual grave of Sergeant Audie Murphy. This is the first time the Fort Lee Chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club has participated in this annual event.
"I am extremely pleased and proud of our activities in the Audie Murphy Club," said 1st. Sgt. LaDerek Green, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Combined Arms Support Command first sergeant and Sergeant Audie Murphy club member.
"We have done several meaningful projects since CASCOM Command Sgt. Maj. C.C. Jenkins arrived here on Fort Lee, and one of his first directives was to re-establish a Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Chapter on post. In one year alone, we have become a proactive and viable organization," Green said. "Just recently, several of our members spent Thanksgiving Day with aging veterans."
"The laying of the wreaths meant a great deal to me personally," said Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Hulum, chapter president. "It is an honor to be able to pay some measure of respect to these heroes who have given everything – especially at this time of year when we all want to be close to our loved ones."
Anyone interested in information about or participating in the Fort Lee Sergeant Audie Murphy Club may contact Hulum, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 765-8824.