Wreaths Across America participation doubles in size at Fort Scott National Cemetery

Wreaths Across America participation doubles in size at Fort Scott National Cemetery
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Hundreds gathered to take part in the national event.

The Wreaths Across America foundation aims to remember and honor all soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors, and to teach children the value of freedom, through the laying of holiday wreaths on veteran’s graves.

This year, volunteers sponsored and laid 873 wreaths at the Fort Scott National Cemetery.

“It’s real good to see all these people come out and support what we’re trying to do,” said Richard Wheeler, Fort Scott National Cemetery technician.

“My dad was a Korean War veteran and part of what he instilled in me growing up was to honor and respect other service members,” said Kevin Wagner of Wreaths Across American Ride. “I didn’t serve, but I have that honor and respect for him for doing that service for us.”

The Fort Scott VFW Post 1165 hosted a veterans lunch following the ceremony. Volunteers laid wreaths in other four-state locations today, including Webb City, as well as in all 50 states and more than 25 international locations.