HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Volunteers are doing their part to pay special holiday tribute to veterans in Huntsville and Madison County.
Wreaths are being placed on graves as part of a growing annual project that’s dear to many in the Tennessee Valley.
As Darrell Elmer, an Air Force veteran, set out wreaths on the graves of veterans at Valhalla Memory Gardens in Huntsville on Wednesday, he took a moment to stop and salute each one.
“It’s just an honor for fallen soldiers that we have here in this area. It’s our tribute and we give them a Christmas wish. We salute them and honor them for what they do for us,” he said.
Wreaths for Veterans set out close to 2000 wreaths at Valhalla Cemetery, project that started 11 years ago and just keeps growing thanks to community support.
“What you see here are retired military, civilians, junior ROTC students. The general public shows up and they do a tremendous job of assisting us,” said Larry Bayer with Wreaths for Veterans.
“It’s about remembering and honoring our fallen veterans, whether they were in for a year or 30 years. They signed on that dotted line to give us the freedom that we have today,” added Joy Parker with Wreaths for Veterans.
It was only the first part of the annual effort. On Thursday, thousands more wreaths will be placed on veterans graves at Maple Hill Cemetery.
“We have over 4000 to put out at Maple Hull and we still need help,” Parker said.
Volunteers will also go to smaller cemeteries in the county to set out wreaths for veterans.
“The mission of our organization is to remember, honor and teach. Remember by coming out here, honoring by putting a wreath down and thinking about them and teaching by having the young kids come out here and help us,” Bayer added.
Crews will be out at Maple Hill Cemetery on November 15th at 9: 30 a.m.
The organization thanked all of the volunteers for their assistance this year.