Wreaths Across America honors veterans

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - Yesterday, volunteers placed two thousand four hundred and fifty wreaths on graves at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Today, all over the world, folks are getting together to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Some of them came out just to show their support… for others, they were laying a wreath on the grave of a family member of friend. As they placed the wreath, they read the name of the veteran aloud with their hand over their heart. For veterans like Art, today represented an opportunity to teach a bit of history to his granddaughter.

“It’s just to remember that these folks went ahead of us. A lot of them are World War 2 veterans, they’re Korean veterans, and now they’re in my era and some of my patriot guard era riders, we’re in the Vietnam era. So many things are not being taught anymore. Young people, if they’re not told about it and they don’t see it, they’re just not involved in it,” Art “Groady” Edwards, the wreath coordinator for Western Slope.

At fifteen dollars each, Art says that the wreaths are a demonstration of the community’s generosity.

The wreaths are more than just Christmas decoration. They’re made up ten bouquets of pine needles, each bouquet representing a different quality of the veteran.