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Volunteers will place more than 500 wreaths on graves of military veterans at Garland Brook Cemetery on Saturday as part of the nationwide Wreaths Across America project.
Organizer Ron Shadley of the Sons of the American Legion said his group had received enough money in donations to purchase 575 11-inch wreaths this year, a significant increase compared to the 464 purchased in 2012. This year’s effort was aided by a grant of $2,750 by the City’s Board of Public Works and Safety.
Organizers also received substantial gifts from the Custer and Nugent foundations as well as dozens of smaller individual contributions.
Members of the Sons of the American Legion will be assisted in the wreath placement by the Columbus Young Marines organization, but welcome any additional support from other groups or individuals.
As part of the annual ceremony, organizers will have a number of wreaths available at the cemetery and earlier at the downtown Memorial for Veterans for family members of veterans buried in other cemeteries in Bartholomew County. The ceremony will begin at the memorial at noon, then move to the cemetery for a 12:30 p.m. program.
Anyone interested in volunteering or donating to the local Wreaths Across America Ceremony can contact Shadley at the Myers-Reed Dignity Memorial Chapel, 3729 25th St., or by calling 376-3341. Checks can be sent to the Sons of the American Legion, in care of Ron Shadley, 2621 N. Boohers Court., Columbus, IN 47203. All donations are tax deductible.
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