This is ‘Giving Tuesday’ across the United States where supporting a variety of programs is key to the success of that program. For those that cannot afford to help this year due to a variety of reasons (COVID-19, loss of a job, limited income), volunteering is also an option.
Thousands of volunteers will pay tribute to military veteran cemeteries this month for ‘Wreaths Across America’. This is a program that places wreaths on veteran’s graves. In Kentucky, a group of women is spending time cleaning their headstones ahead of that ceremony.
“It started out small,” said Janet Kinney, a member of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
“On the first day, we only cleaned five gravestones. We have now cleaned over 1,000 graves.”
“In DeKalb (IL) we have graves that date back to the 1940s,” commented Steve Garland, President of the Fairview Cemetery Board. “Most of the grave markers are in good shape but some need attention. We would also like to see holiday wreaths on our veteran’s gravesites sometime in the future.”
“There are grave sites in DeKalb County dating back to WW I that no longer have family in the area,” stated Michael Embrey, DeKalb American Legion Historian. “It would be nice to honor these Veterans during the holidays and we hope there will be a ‘Wreath’ project for the 2021 holiday season.”
Each December on ‘National Wreaths Across America Day’, the organization’s mission is to Remember, Honor and respect by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.