Cemetery wreath cleanup honors Dayton veterans

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Workers and more than a dozen volunteers braved the cold Tuesday morning to serve those who served the country.

The group concluded the 2018 Wreaths Across America initiative by clearing out more than 2,700 wreaths decorating head stones at the Dayton National Cemetery.

“It shows honor for the deceased veterans and just the love for the country,” said cemetery caretaker Tim Hartinger.

The non-profit’s wreath-laying ceremonies became a nationwide tradition in 2006. Since then, Dayton volunteer coordinator Scott Spurling said interest from sponsors has grown to record levels.

The mission of the program is to “remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom.” Volunteers and workers said the wreaths and cleanup efforts are critical to maintaining gravesites with fewer visitors.

“There’s many veterans here that have been here a long time,” said Hartinger. “It’s important that we don’t forget about their memory and their service and the sacrifices that they made. So it’s just a little something extra to support them.”

The next Wreaths Across America Day will be help on December 14th, 2019. Organizers are already accepting sponsorships and hope to top previous donations.

You can learn more about the Dayton-area Wreaths Across America program and follow for updates by clicking here.

You can sponsor wreaths or find out about volunteer opportunities here.

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