KING, Wis. (WSAU) -- A special ceremony honoring veterans will take place at the Wisconsin Veterans Home Cemetery in King. It’s called Wreaths Across America.
Jim Campbell works with the American Legion Riders, in addition to his efforts with the Honor Flight program. He says the American Legion Riders got involved with this project last year. “One of our missions last year was to place a wreath on the headstones at the King Veteran’s Cemetery. Our ultimate goal is to lay a wreath on every single headstone, which there are between six and seven thousand.”
The program begins with the wreath laying at 9:30 and a program at 11:00 a.m. “There are ten locations in Wisconsin. King, which is the home of one of the largest homes in Wisconsin is the one that we’re going to be participating in. The Korean Memorial in Plover is also going to be having a ceremony. “Tomorrow, we will be laying over twelve hundred wreaths with the help of Legion Riders that are literally coming from all over the State of Wisconsin.”
The Veterans Home in King is not the only location in Wisconsin. Campbell says different organizations are doing this across Wisconsin and across the nation at exactly the same time. “There are ten locations in Wisconsin. King, which is the home of one of the largest homes in Wisconsin is the one that we’re going to be participating in. The Korean Memorial in Plover is also going to be having a ceremony.”
The Wreaths Across America project began about six years ago at Arlington National Cemetery, and has grown every year to remember, honor, and teach about the service and sacrifices of our veterans.