By Regina Butler/Pontotoc Progress
Last year the campaign to lay a fresh green wreath on soldier’s graves surpassed what the Gold Star mom’s had anticipated, and this year already folks are asking if the project will continue.
The local Gold Star Mothers are going to collect monies for the Wreaths Across America.
“This is not limited just to Pontotoc County residents,” stressed gold star mom Jill Self.
While folks here will want to make sure you get a wreath for your loved one who is buried in your cemetery, if you live outside Pontotoc County you may also purchase a wreath and lay it on the grave of your loved one.
Last year the group wanted to get 500 wreaths and wound up with 916.
Wreaths Across America, a non -profit 501-c3 organization, was formed as an extension of the Arlington Wreath Project. The Arlington Wreath program was started by Morrill Worcester of Worcester Wreath in 1992 with the donation and laying of 5,000 Christmas wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery.
The importance of honoring each fallen serviceman as an individual is stressed.
The wreath laying is now held annually on the second Saturday of December.
The wreaths cost $15 each. For every three that is purchased a fourth one will be laid on another grave of a soldier whose family is not here.
If you would like to sponsor a wreath please call Bagwell at 419-0441 and leave a message if she is unable to answer.
The wreath laying this year will be on December 11 which is exactly one month after Veteran’s day.
Someone will be on hand a the Veteran’s Day parade to collect monies if anyone wants to purchase a wreath at that time.
You may also come by the Pontotoc Progress and purchase a wreath.