To Honor The Fallen

Military veteran Frank Kacal places a wreath on a stand during a Wreaths Across America program a couple of years ago. This year, the event will be held at Oak Memorial Park on Hwy. 71 north of town when locals will come together to place wreaths on graves of our local veterans. Orders are currently being taken, you need not be a family member, as some veterans may not have family in the area.

There’s still time to place an order for the Wreaths Across America project being coordinated by members of Comfort Wood, Daughters of the American Revolution.

“This is our sixth year to participate,” DAR member and organizer Glenell Wenglar said. “The goal of Wreaths Across America is to place a wreath on the grave of each fallen veteran across the United States.”

Last year more than 1,560,000 wreaths were placed at 1,422 participating locations across the nation. In El Campo, a little over 300 wreaths were placed at local cemeteries last year.

So far 125 orders have been placed. Wenglar is confident those numbers will increase and hopefully reach or surpass last year’s total.

Each live Balsam wreath comes with a decorative red bow. According to Wenglar, each part of the wreath symbolizes something.

“The evergreen stands for longevity and endurance, the red bow is for great sacrifice. The forest scent represents purity and simplicity and the wreath’s circular shape represents eternity,” she said.

The mission of this project is to remember, honor and teach. Remember the fallen. Honor those who serve and their families. Teach future generations about the sacrifices made to preserve our freedoms.

“This year we want to reach out to businesses and individuals to donate a wreath to be placed on a veteran’s grave that does not have family or friends to remember them at this time of the year,” Wenglar said.

To purchase a wreath, contact any Comfort Wood member or Glenell Wenglar at 979-543-0374 or via email at: Checks may be made payable to Wreaths Across America and mailed to Wreaths Across America, P.O. Box 1085, El Campo, TX 77437.

“Even if you don’t have a veteran, you can still donate,” Wenglar said.

Wreaths are $15 each and the last day to purchase them is Wednesday, Nov. 28.

The public is also invited to the wreath laying ceremony taking place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Oaklawn Memorial Park Cemetery, 4609 N. SH 71.

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