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Local woman won't let fallen veterans be forgotten

by Olivia Diventi KTXS News

The news story is published here.

Remember, our fallen veterans. Honor, those who serve. Teach, the value of freedom.

That is what Wreaths Across America is all about.

“After we lost our daughter, we are able to go to a ceremony where she’s buried and put wreath on her grave. We’ve got a group of families here and I said, ‘let’s all go together’ and they said, ‘our loved one isn’t buried -- they are buried in a cemetery that they don’t get wreaths,” said Chaplin Donna, Wreaths Across America Coordinator.

Chaplin Donna, told KTXS, we need to help our fallen veterans who are buried in our smaller, local cemeteries.

She founded Surviving Families of Fallen Warriors, an organization that strives to have their loved one’s legacy live on. They partnered with VFW Auxiliary Post 6873.

“What our organization has done it has taken it to a different level,” Tracy Grogan, Surviving Families Fallen Warriors Treasure said. “We have lots of veterans that are buried not in national cemeteries, they are actually in Buffalo Gap community cemeteries, the Abilene community cemeteries we are trying to touch those veterans.”

A veteran’s wreath is a symbol of honor, respect and victory.

National Wreaths Across America day is on December 15th, where a ceremony will be held at Elmwood Funeral Home and Memorial park.

However, Chaplin Donna wants to get the word out.

She tells KTXS she is looking for wreath ambassadors to represent smaller cemeteries in our area who are interested in placing orders and raising funds to place wreaths on our fallen veteran’s graves.

This is a way to honor them to honor you and to know that your loved one is never forgotten.

Sponsor a wreath here.

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