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Preparations underway for 2013 Wreaths Across America

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(12/11/13) - This Saturday, more than 1,000 volunteers are expected at a Mid-Michigan cemetery to place wreaths on the graves of veterans. The Wreaths Across America program has been growing at a tremendous rate.

It started in 2007 as a way during the holidays to honor vets who have passed away. At the Great Lakes National Cemetery and nearby Holly, it's become part of a quiet celebration.

"We're asking people to arrive around 10:30. A little before 11 o'clock, our trucks from Walmart are going to be showing up with our wreaths. They're going to be coming in a large parade through town, escorted by police and fire departments," said Christina Watts, of Wreaths Across America.

Then hundreds of volunteers will take them around the cemetery.

"People will be given the opportunity to first take a wreath and place it if they have a loved one or family member here at the cemetery," Watts said.

More volunteers are welcome.

"All anybody needs to do is show up and dress for the weather. It's going to be cold," said Watts.

The balsam wreaths come from Maine and cost $15 each.

"All of the wreaths are paid for by various fundraising groups including Scout troops, Civil Air Patrol, WalMart and the Patriot Guard fund raising program," Watts said.

Nearly 9,000 wreaths will be arriving here Saturday. That's enough for half of the graves here. They have lofty plans for next year. Organizers would like to be able to place a wreath on each grave here and have enough left over for the Fort Custer National Cemetery near Battle Creek.

While it's too late to buy a wreath from Wreaths Across America for this year, donations can be made now toward next year's campaign.

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