Donations help make Wreaths Across America possible in Nacogdoches

Donations help make Wreaths Across America possible in Nacogdoches

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Saturday, with a simple green wreath, many people across America made sure the nation's fallen military are not forgotten during the holiday season. Volunteers said the annual tradition wouldn't be possible without donations.

"I love that we're doing this because it means a lot to a lot of people," Hannah Chandler, a Civil Air Patrol cadet chief master sergeant said.

Wreaths in hand, dozens of volunteer cadets made it their mission to make sure the families of fallen heroes knew that their loved one weren't forgotten.

"We're showing honor and respect to the fallen veterans from Nacogdoches and other areas that have chosen to bury their loved ones here," Chandler said.

"This is our way of honoring those and remembering their sacrifices while teaching our young," Kenneth Jones, a second Lt. with Civil Air Patrol said.

For Chandler, Wreaths across America hits close to home.

"My grandfathers were both in the U.S. military," Chandler said. "Last year I had the honor to place a wreath on my grandfathers' grave out in center. That meant a lot to me."

However, it wasn't easy to making today possible. Cadets had to put in a lot of hard work to raise money for wreaths.

"All of the wreaths are not paid for by the U.S. government," Jones said. "These are all funds raised by our local cadets and our local civil air patrol squadron."

"We'll go door-to-door, we also go to businesses," Chandler said.

Although some of the donations came from people who have veterans in their families, Chandler said that shouldn't be the only reason to give.

"Even if you don't have a loved one that's a U.S. veteran, it still means a lot to other people that a holiday wreath is being put on their loved one's grave," Chandler said.

A simple gesture makes a huge impact on the families of fallen heroes.

"It brings tears to people's eyes to know that we honor and care for their loved ones," Chandler said.

This year the Civil Air Patrol raised enough money to place almost 300 wreaths on graves.

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