FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Community members donated 110 wreaths for a national day that honors veterans who have served our country and who are still serving during the holiday season.
Wreathes Across America is a national event held on December 13. From Arlington Cemetery to the West Coast, cemeteries simultaneously started their ceremonies to honor veterans from the past, as well as those serving now.
This is the second year Lindenwood Cemetery in Fort Wayne participated in the event. John Deitrick, Captain and Commander of the 201st Composite and Civil Air Patrol squadrons said he hopes one day the event will be able to provide a wreath for every veteran in the cemetery.
“Here at Lindenwood, I think there’s 5,000 plus veterans that are buried here,” Deitrick said. “What we want to do is to honor everybody. It doesn’t matter if it’s from the Civil War on, because many of those veterans don’t have family members left to look over their graves… to remember them.”
After the ceremony, attendees were encouraged to lay a wreath on a grave and take note of whose grave it was in order to do research on a veteran buried at Lindenwood.