KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Hundreds of volunteers gathered Sunday afternoon at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen to collect nearly 10,000 wreaths that were placed at every grave back in November by the Friends of the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery. The tradition was delayed two days because of severe weather that struck central Texas on Friday (1/10).
“I think it's very important to the families of the fallen soldiers,” said Cyd West, Treasurer of ‘Wreaths for Vets’. “It helps them to realize that people respect and honor their service and sacrifice. And it's just important to the community. It goes to show you how very long we needed a veterans cemetery by the honor it receives.”
The simple act of placing a wreath at the resting place of a veteran can mean so much for the loved ones of the soldiers. Loved ones like Marla Ramsey whose husband Bill Ramsey, a Vietnam War veteran, died just this past October.
“I will continue doing this,” said Ramsey. “It’s a beautiful thing. In fact some of my friends want to come because of my pictures and the things that I’ve told them. And it was such an incredible experience to be here, and to be part of all of this.”
but it can't be done without the help of the community, as wreaths for veterans relies completely on donations... and with the weather that central Texas has experienced recently, some of the wreaths are sure to be ruined and unusable for next year.
“You know, we would just ask that people think of us when you're ready to make a donation to your favorite charity, let it be ‘Wreaths for Vets’,” said West.