LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Every year, the American Legion Family in Lufkin place wreaths on veteran's grave sites during a national remembrance ceremony.
The Lufkin area group does not have enough wreaths to honor the number of worthy men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Only half of the veterans buried at Garden of Memories will receive a wreath this year. That's why Rita Redd needs help from the community to sponsor a veteran.
"They deserve it," said Rita Redd, the president of the auxiliary unit. "They died for their country, and they served their country to help keep it free."
Almost 600 veteran graves are in the garden of memories and they only have enough wreaths for 262 veterans.
Redd said the hardest part is choosing which veteran receives a wreath.
"How do we decide which veteran gets a wreath and which ones don't?" Redd asked. "We don't really have a good answer because we don't have enough wreaths."
That's why getting the community involved can help solve this problem.
"If the community came together and maybe they had a donation jar and people just throw in their lose change then maybe they'll be able to sponsor it," Redd said.
One organization did come together to sponsor the wreaths. In fact, they sponsored 20 wreaths.
"This is a way of giving back not only for the agents that are no longer with us that were once veterans," said Sheila Torres, an associate with the Lufkin Association of Realtors. "We want to help the community understand that they are very supportive of this area and involved in this area."
Redd said that's what Wreaths Across America is all about.
"The motto of Wreaths Across America is remember, honor, and teach. It's teaching our younger generation how important it is to honor and remember our veterans and the ones that keep our country free," Redd said.
If you want to sponsor a veteran, this holiday season, click this link for the Wreaths Across America website.