By Vickie Fleming
With only three months until Christmas, it is time once again to raise funds for Wreaths Across America. The tradition to put wreaths on Veterans graves began by Morrill Worchester. Worchester was impressed with Arlington National Cemetery when he visited it at the young age of 12. Later he became the owner of Worchester Wreath Company and in 1992 his company had a surplus of wreaths. Morrill felt his success was due to the Veterans who had made the ultimate sacrifice. With the surplus he realized he now had the opportunity to honor those men and women, thus starting the tradition of wreaths being placed on Veterans graves.
MJ “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson is in need of 1,051 wreaths for this year’s season. The local U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club is doing their part to carry on the tradition of having wreaths on every Veterans grave.
This Saturday, Oct. 5, they are sponsoring on a fund raiser which will be held at Sunset Lounge on Hwy 29, Anderson. There will be an auction at 2p.m., drawing for numerous gift certificates, 50/50 contest and a Karaoke Contest at 4 p.m. with practice beginning at 1 p.m. The price for a wreath is only $15.
“Let’s do our part to honor our Veterans this Saturday by taking time to either attend the fund raiser or stop by to make a donation for a wreath or two,” a spokesperson said.