"Thanks to the generosity of the people in the Flathead Valley, and their donations as we stood out in front of super markets all summer, we were able to purchase a thousand wreaths to place on Veterans graves". Volunteers were laying wreaths at Mobile National Cemetery.
"What the actual wreath laying is for is to remember, honor, and teach individuals they should remember the veterans that come before us and fallen and honor them by laying a wreath", said Shawn Howren, location coordinator.
"A truckload of lovely Christmas wreaths will be coming in and we will be placing these wreaths on all of the veterans graves and kind of teaching our family and friends the meaning behind honoring and remembering our veterans", said Spectrum Veterans IRG coordinator Danielle Montag-Plaza.
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Joe Aguilar carries a wreath to lay under the Marine Corps flag during a Wreaths Across America event at the Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Volunteers have collected 9,200 wreaths to lay this year.
The EBPD and the New Jersey State Police made sure that the wreaths made it safely to the local exchange point where the wreath truck drivers exchanged truck keys with new drivers, honored and remembered veterans with remarks, and departed on the next stretch of the journey.
"They served their country and they served us. They helped earn our freedom and it's one way to honor what they did for us", said Flathead Composite Squadron Deputy Cadet Commander Matt Brockman.
For the second year, the Alton Wreaths Across America Committee provided headstone wreaths at no charge to the families of area veterans.