Donations being sought for veteran wreath effort
Wreaths Across America is reaching out to the Bellefontaine and Logan County community for support.
Beginning in the early 90’s, a gentleman by the name of Morrill Worcester donated a surplus of wreaths from his farm in Maine to Arlington National Cemetery. Wreaths were placed on headstones in a section of the cemetery that did not receive many visitors. It seemed these veterans were “forgotten.”
From this act of kindness, the organization Wreaths Across America got its start.
Adam Brannon, Logan County Board of Elections director, previously was completing an internship in Washington, D.C., when he learned about this program.
Immediately, he was inspired to see this same ceremony come to fruition closer to home.
So, in 2020, and for the past three years, Brannon has coordinated with Wreaths Across America to provide wreaths for the local Bellefontaine City Cemetery.
This year, the goal is to ensure that every single veteran laid to rest in the local cemetery is honored with a ceremonial wreath to be placed on each headstone.
The Logan County Recorder’s office has records for 1,029 veterans being laid to rest in the Bellefontaine City Cemetery as of 2022.
Brannon and fellow local volunteers, including co-location coordinator Tim Shaw, along with Carol Brannon, Mark Cooper, Alan Galvez, Bob Hertenstein, B.J. Joiner, David Lamb, Mandee Lamb, Stephanie Lamb, Lori Maben, Bill Phillips, Kathy Smith and Tom Smith hope to lay a wreath at every one of the graves.
This is a large undertaking and will require help from the community. It costs $15 to sponsor a wreath.
The ceremony will take place in Dec. 17, where the wreaths will be laid at headstones for one month and then will be removed.
The Bellefontaine Cemetery will join the more than 3,100 participating locations across the country for the patriotic commemoration on Wreaths Across America Day.
To become a sponsor, community members can go to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org and search for Bellefontaine City Cemetery to follow the link for donating.
In addition, cash or checks earmarked for this project can be dropped off in person at the Logan County Board of Elections, 225 S. Main St., in care of Brannon.
More information can be found on Facebook at “Wreaths Across America: Bellefontaine City Cemetery.” Brannon hopes that many locals will feel compelled to sponsor a wreath to ensure that those who have been laid to rest are not “forgotten.”