A wreath is often perceived as a Christmas decoration, but it’s actually a symbol of eternal life. This December, you will see wreaths placed at the graves of veterans who are buried in Elmwood Cemetery and Fairview Cemetery as the city joins Wreaths Across America (WAA) to sponsor veterans and honor them through the 2019 holiday season.
Wreaths of America is a national program that places wreaths at the graves of our nation’s veterans. This year, the City of Brighton is proud to announce that both Elmwood Cemetery and Fairview Cemetery will be participating in this program and will be placing wreaths on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m.
Wreaths are $15 and 100% of your money will go to funding a wreath at the gravesite of a veteran in Brighton. Our goal is to raise $52,000 to purchase 3,500. If this goal is exceeded, additional wreaths will be purchased and kept in Colorado to go to other state cemeteries that do not have enough wreaths for all its veterans.
In 2018, WAA placed 1.8 million wreaths at 15,000 cemeteries including 22 national cemeteries and Normandy. This year, WAA is projecting 2.35 million wreaths will be placed thanks to the donations collected.
The City of Brighton is currently accepting donations. Please visit www.brightonco.gov/WAA if you’re making a donation using a credit or debit card or contact Cemetery Manager Aaron Corr at email@example.com or 303-655-2060 to arrange a time to drop off cash or check.
Each December, on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to remember, honor and teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,600 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.
We understand we have Veterans Day in the fall and Memorial Day in the spring, but our service members sacrifice their time and safety every single day of the year to preserve our freedoms.
In many homes, there is an empty seat for one who is serving or one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. There is no better time to express our appreciation than during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. We hope you will join us at any of our more than 1,600 participating locations to show our veterans and their families that we will not forget. We will never forget.