Evergreen wreaths to be placed on veterans' graves at Fort Jackson

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (WIS) — Evergreen wreaths with red bows are being placed on veterans' graves at the military cemetery at South Carolina's Fort Jackson to honor the nation's service members.

The ceremonies will be held Saturday at noon, as volunteers place wreaths on more than 800 graves at the cemetery. The community is invited to participate.

"I think it's important that we don't forget the sacrifice and service of all our service members and their families," said Frances Kuhlbars. "Wreaths Across America is a way to remember and teach the sacrifices that were made."

Organizers say the program is part of an effort that began two decades ago at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC. "It's all about honor; that's the bottom line," said Valerie Morris. "Honoring what they've done for us, sacrificing everything."

Wreaths Across America is sponsored by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. Supporters say they hope to place wreaths on 150,000 graves at 400 cemeteries nationwide. "We don't want anyone left out. With the cooperation of the military and civilian community we can accomplish this," said Carol Davis.

Fort Jackson's cemetery is located at 4170 Percival Road, and is not on the Fort Jackson grounds.  Parking will be at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Parking lot on Percival Road. There will be shuttles starting at 10:00am to transport people to and from the cemetery.  

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