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.