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Jeanne Banks - A Final Thank You

Posted by Gaby Morrison on January 31, 2012 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)


January 21, 2012 Jeanne Bank resigned as Chairman/President of the Horton Wreath Society.

This is a letter to Everyone, a Final Thank You from Jeanne Banks:


I am definitely a product of my generation!

As a little girl during World War II, I learned a lot about being patriotic, and respect for the flag and the military. Between church, home and school it was a never ending class. My Dad worked in the Navy yard, and I saw ships on the Elizabeth river almost every day. Both my brothers served the military, one Navy, one Army. It was no surprise when John decided to join the Army during Vietnam. He became the third generation of Banks to serve, and then our son and daughter also service, becoming the fourth generation to serve the country.

 After seeing a report about Wreaths being laid at Arlington Cemetery, I went to Albert G. Horton cemetery here in Suffolk, to see if wreaths were placed there, and they were not. In January 2008, I made an appointment to visit the Director, Dan Kemano, and talked with him about getting Wreaths the next year.

I knew I needed a some one with bank connections, and asked Gail Williams at Sun Trust Bank here in Suffolk, to become part of the group. I also needed a florist connection, and Ray Bennett, of Ray's Florist to join. Then, my friends, Donna Eby, and Marion Ritter, and my daughter, Sarah Bowen came on board, and we had a committee.

Dan had met the Tidewater Tidal WAVES Unit 152, and they expressed interest in The Wreaths Across America, and he suggested that we get together and see what could be done.

Over the past 4 years it has been a real pleasure to see, how the response has been. From golf carts, warehouses, color guard, muscians, chaplains, bank tellers, speaker systems, scouts, and all who have worked and helped to make The Horton Wreath Society a success.

I  have written over 1,000 thank you notes to generous people in the area who have contributed to honor the Veterans.

It is with great sadness, I leave the Horton Wreath Society, but my heart will always be at Horton honoring the Veterans who gave for my freedom.

Jeanne Banks