Hometown Heroes: Wreaths Across America

You can help make sure that every serviceman and woman laid to rest in DFW National Cemetery will have a wreath on their grave for the Christmas season.

If you want to volunteer to place your wreath on the grave of a veteran you know or place a wreath on the grave of a veteran you never met, call Mary or Chris Bush at (972) 668-2874.

On December 15, the Wreaths Across America Wreath Laying Ceremony will take place at DFW National Cemetery.  Simultaneously, wreaths will be placed on graves at our nation's 136 national cemeteries.

Mary and Chris Bush volunteered with Wreaths Across America in December 2009. In February of that year, their son, Cpl. Peter John Courcy, was killed in action in Afghanistan. That Christmas, they saw very few wreaths on veterans’ graves. They teamed up with Wreaths Across America and placed 250 wreaths that year.

Last year, Wreaths Across America had 29,000 wreaths at DFW National Cemetery. But not every grave had a wreath. Some families can't travel to the cemetery, and many veterans are homeless or have no living relatives.

This Christmas, the non-profit hopes all 42,000 graves will have a Wreath Across America wreath. The mission is to remember the fallen, honor those who are serving and teach children about the sacrifices that are made for our freedom.                        

The wreaths cost $15, and you can buy one by logging on to www.honordfw.com.

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