On Dec. 17, 2016, Wreaths Across America will be at Arlington National Cemetery to Remember and Honor American veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreaths on the graves of veterans and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud. However, according to reports from the national campaign, they may fall short of having enough money to provide wreaths for all the graves.
“Super Quik through Pepsi are donating a portion of their 20 ounce sales of Mountain Dew and Kick Start Energy drink, and then, each store had wreath tags that went on the windows of the stores, so people could put either their name or the name of a veteran family member or friend they wanted to honor on the tag. That ended yesterday (Nov. 30),” Dave Pack of the local Wreaths Across America effort said.
Pack said each wreath is $15 and last year the organization did $1.2 million in wreaths across the U.S. Over 250,000 wreaths were placed on graves atArlington alone. He said 70,000 people witnessed the placing of the wreaths at Arlington.
“It’s huge,” Pack said. “I’ve been there multiple times.”
Pack said people in the local area can also participate closer to home.
“If people want to come out on December 17 and recognize a veteran by placing a wreath, we’ll have a ceremony out at the veterans cemetery in Greenup County,” Pack said.
Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Northeast is located on approximately 75 acres on East Park Drive off Highway 67 and Industrial Parkway off I-64 in Greenup County, approximately one half-mile north of U.S. Highway 64 at the Boyd, Carter and Greenup County border.
“We’re going to be teaming up with AMVETS Post 95 in Greenup,” Pack said. “Frank Kees is the director of that cemetery and we’ll all be gathering out there and we’ll probably have a little parade from probably a Super Quik store in Greenup up to the cemetery. We’ll have a ceremony, then we’ll place the wreaths.”
“People can get online at wreathsacrossamerica.org. They can sponsor what is called a ‘Patriot Pair,’” Pack said. “With a Patriot Pair, they can sponsor a wreath for Arlington and they get a wreath sent to them, to their house, and they can take that wreath and place it on a family member or friend’s tombstone the same day.”
Pack said people who participate in the Patriot Pair program will have a Maine Balsam wreath, with a “Wreaths Across America” tag and a red ribbon, shipped directly to their home.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.