Thousands of wreaths needed for veterans’ graves

Staff report
Posted 11/27/18

For 26 years, wreaths have been placed on the graves of veterans buried in U.S. cemeteries. However, last year just one in five veterans’ graves in Colorado received wreaths, according to David …

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Thousands of wreaths needed for veterans’ graves

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For 26 years, wreaths have been placed on the graves of veterans buried in U.S. cemeteries.

However, last year just one in five veterans’ graves in Colorado received wreaths, according to David Bolser, CEO of Senior Veterans Inc., a Colorado Springs-based charity leading the wreath campaign.

More than 160,000 veterans are buried in Colorado’s cemeteries, and the mission of Senior Veterans Inc. “is to ensure that every veteran’s grave in a Colorado cemetery will receive a wreath this December,” Bolser said in a news release.

Every $15 wreath that is placed on a veteran’s grave is donated, and the wreaths are handcrafted from Balsam fir and finished with a hand-tied red, velvet bow, the release said. The wreaths are shipped from Columbia Falls, Maine, by volunteer trucking companies, and volunteers place the wreaths on graves on Dec. 15, which is National Wreaths Across America Day, the release said.

To donate a wreath, go to www.coloradohonor.com. All donations must be received no later than Monday, Dec. 3.

The tradition of placing wreaths on veterans’ graves began when a small Maine wreathmaker found himself with a surplus of wreaths at the end of the holiday season. Rather than discarding the wreaths, arrangements were made to place them on gravestones in an older section of Arlington National Cemetery. Today, more than 1,400 cemeteries in all 50 states participate in National Wreaths Across America Day.

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