Local veterans' graves may miss honor

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Updated: 11/06/2013 12:07 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--There are thousands of headstones at Jacksonville National Cemetery and everyone of them was decorated with a wreath for the holidays last year.

But with December's wreath-laying ceremony quickly approaching, a shortage of wreath donations leaves open the possibility of some veterans' graves being left bare for the holidays.

Wreaths Across America is a national program to decorate veterans' grave sites in time for Christmas.

Despite its success locally and nationally, organizers at Jacksonville National Cemetery are worried about some of our own fallen vets being forgotten.

Jacksonville's chapter director Ralph Terreault tells Action News members decorated all 4,300 grave sites last Christmas, but they're more than 3,000 wreaths short this year.

"We've never been this far behind in the four previous years," said Terreault.

Not only are donations running short of this time last year, the expanding cemetery now has almost 2,000 more headstones than a year ago.

Cliff Shields, the cemetery's director, says contingency plans are already being made to figure out which headstones will go without a wreath this year.

"We would move the Wreaths Across America wreaths to a different section each year," said Shields.

The wreath laying ceremony is set for Dec. 14.
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Dremwolf - 11/8/2013 7:03 PM
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If you are interested in sponsoring wreaths for the Jacksonville National Cemetery please follow the contact information in the story. PLEASE do not call the cemetery as they will only be able to give you my contact information, which is listed in this story.

king kaos - 11/6/2013 1:28 PM
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My family and myself investigated this and you also have business donations available which is very cool... it allows folks to do a good thing and get a write off as well(hey, we have to take what we can get now a days) so if you are a business owner check it out and support your LOCAL vets(in this case anyway!). Semper Fi

RebeccaRodgers - 11/6/2013 7:16 AM
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I am a Wreaths Across America Family Member! My Name is Rebecca Rodgers and my Grandma CPL.Mildred C Catching WW II USMC is Buried Out at Jacksonville National Cemetery. You All Did An Interview with me back in 2011 about this Program! I would Love to meet with you All Again about it and About my Grandma. I will be Out At The Cemetery Monday for Veterans Day! Thanks and God Bless, Rebecca Rodgers

RebeccaRodgers - 11/6/2013 7:09 AM
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Wreaths Across America means the world to myself and my family! My Grandma CPL. Mildred C Catching WW II USMC Jan.31,1923-Aug.5,2010 is Buried there! You all did an interview with me back in 2011! I would Love to meet with you all about Wreaths Across America at Jacksonville national Cemetery again! I can meet you all out at that Cemetery Monday morning as I will be out there for Veterans Day. God bless you All for covering this!! Thanks, Rebecca Rodgers Granddaughter of CPL.Mildred C Catching WW II USMC

Dremwolf - 11/5/2013 8:04 PM
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For more information and to sponsor a remembrance wreath please visit our local website, WreathsAcrossAmericaJacksonville DOT com. Ralph "Drem" Terreault Location Leader Wreaths Across America Jacksonville National Cemetery
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