NEWTON, Miss. (WTOK) - During this season of giving it’s also important to remember the loved ones that lost their lives to serve our country.
The annual Wreaths Across America event is this Saturday, December 14th, starting at 11 a.m.
Last year the rain didn’t the more than 1300 supporters from coming out.
The Mississippi Veteran Affairs Deputy Executive Director of Outreach, Dusty Culpepper says the events mission is to remember fallen veterans, honor those who have served, and to teach the next generation the price of freedom.
“This started in 2005. With a person at Arlington National Cemetery who felt like it was a great Christmas gift to put a wreath around the grave markers at Arlington. And since then it has just blossomed to where now almost 2 million, 1.8 million wreaths were distributed last year,” says Culpepper.
Wreaths Across America was founded as a non-profit charitable organization in 2007.In Mississippi, the wreaths are donated by Friends of Mississippi Veterans and the Civil Air Patrol Golden Triangle Composite Squadron.
Culpepper says there’s about 1,000 veterans buried at the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery and this event is a great way to pay respects to those who have served.
If you’d like to volunteer, the event will be at the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Newton on Highway 80. For more information you can visit their website at www.msva.ms.gov.