WreathsForTheFallen.org will be expanding this year with the addition of the new veteran’s cemetery in Preston. This addition will require several hundred additional honor wreaths needed to honor the country’s fallen veterans and their families at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemeteries this year.

With almost 700 additional interments at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemeteries in the last year, the challenge for WreathsForTheFallen.org to honor all fallen veterans is greater than ever.

For a number of years WreathsForTheFallen.org has endeavored to honor all fallen veterans at the cemeteries by placing a wreath on each veteran’s grave in December.

“We are in hopes this year that we will again be able to honor all our country’s fallen veterans at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery’s in Little Falls and Preston,” said John Thomas, president of WreathsForTheFallen.org. “Now would be an excellent time to send that contribution or sponsorship to honor a veteran.”

For those that would like to make a general donation to this worthy cause, please feel free to contribute to the wreath general fund for the 2017 event. Information is on the website www.WreathsForTheFallen.org. Everyone is invited to join and assist us with this most worthy program.

Wreath distribution

This year, the date for the National Remembrance Ceremony has been scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m., at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemeteries in Little Falls and Preston.

After the ceremony consisting of representatives from each branch of the military, several thousand honor wreaths will be placed on the many markers of fallen veterans. Many volunteers from Camp Ripley, the Minnesota Patriot Guard, Minnesota Civil Air Patrol, VFWs, American Legions, and many other civic organizations will join with hundreds of families coming from a wide area will perform the honor of placing the honor wreaths on the grave sites. Everyone is invited to come and assist in the wreath distribution.

Car pooling is recommended

It is suggested everyone plan to arrive by 10 a.m. Plans are to have hot coffee, hot cider and other refreshments for all attending this most honored event. The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. sharp. Wreath placement begins at about 11:20 a.m.

To have a personal honor wreath hand made and included in this memorable event; send name, address, and phone number (in case of questions) and a minimum of $15 (or more for each wreath requested) to Wreaths, 5244 Ashdale Ln, Baxter, MN, 56425. Also include the full name and date of birth of the veteran or family member the wreath is for. WreathsForTheFallen.org will confirm the exact location of the gravesite number. Please make check out to “Wreaths.” All contributions are tax deductible.

For those who would like to make a general donation or sponsor a specific wreath for a loved one, information is on the www.WreathsForTheFallen.org website.

For additional information, contact John Thomas at 218-829-6622 or go to www.WreathsForTheFallen.org.