Local effort underway to support Wreaths Across America

Published 6:38 am Tuesday, October 16, 2018


News release

LEXINGTON — Local volunteers are working hard to ensure that all veterans laid to rest at Camp Nelson National Cemetery are honored this December on National Wreaths Across America Day. This year, the ceremony, held simultaneously across the country at more than 1,200 locations, will be on Saturday, Dec. 15. The goal is to place a live, balsam fir wreath at the headstone of every veteran buried there and spread patriotism and commemoration for the ultimate sacrifices they made for our country.

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From now until late November, the local Camp Nelson WAA coordinating committee needs volunteers who can host fundraisers to sponsor the 15,000 wreaths needed to honor every veteran at Camp Nelson. Community groups, youth organizations, civic groups, and businesses are encouraged to participate. So far, 2,200 wreaths have been sponsored.

“Every donation and wreath sponsorship is a meaningful gift from an appreciative supporter who knows what it means to serve and sacrifice for the freedoms we all enjoy,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America. “We are so grateful to the citizens of Central Kentucky for participating in our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.” National Wreaths Across America Day is a free event, open to all. For more information, to donate or to sign up to volunteer, please visit WreathsAcrossAmerica.org/KYCNNN.

About Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at more than 1,200 veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.