DAYTON – Wreaths Across America still needs more than 55,000 wreaths to be placed on the headstones of veterans buried at Dayton National Cemetery, the organization said Monday.
So far, the nonprofit has said it has sold just over 1,600 crowns, which is well below 2020 figures.
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“The goal of Wreaths Across America is to place a living balsam fir veteran wreath on the headstone of every American veteran to remember the dead, honor those who have served, and teach future generations the value of freedom,” the group said in a statement.
The deadline to order the wreaths is Tuesday and the wreath laying ceremony takes place nationwide, including at Dayton National Cemetery on December 18 at noon.
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In 2020, around 1.7 million ex-combatants; wreaths were placed by volunteers on gravestones at over 2,500 locations across the country.
“These brave men and women have always believed that one day maybe no one would need to sacrifice themselves as they did to preserve freedoms. This operation brings together generations of families to show their love and appreciation to these families who have lost so much, ”said the organization.
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