JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Saturday, December 14th, Wreaths Across America will be at Camp Nelson National Cemetery to remember and honor our veterans. Remembrance wreaths will be laid on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes while every veterans name is read aloud.
JoEllen Hayden with Wreaths Across America Camp Nelson says it’s a nationwide effort by the non-profit.
“We have now over 1,600 cemetaries participating. Last year there were over 1.8 million wreaths laid across the country,” said Hayden.
While the ceremony is several months away, organizers say preparation is already underway. In fact, their 2019 wreaths campaign begins in May as part of Military Appreciation Month.
Hayden says they have a special two for one match going on through May 31st where every wreath sponsored will be matched by the non-profit.
In addition, Hayden says the local non-profit Fisher House will benefit from the wreath campaign.
“We will be able to give a contribution for every wreath sponsored for Fisher House and the Fisher House group, there will be a $5 contribution,” said Hayden.
You can sponsor a wreath by filling out a form HERE. If you’re not in the area not to worry, Hayden says, “You can place the wreath yourself or we will place that wreath for you.” A photo will then be taken of the wreath on the gravesite and sent to the recipient.
Hayden says they are also looking for volunteers.
The commemoration will take place at 12 p.m. December 14th nationwide.