ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – “Wreaths Across America” held its annual wreath-laying ceremony Saturday, at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene, to celebrate the Christmas holidays.
Families and friends from across the Big Country came to pay their respects to veterans who were dear to them and who have since passed away.
Many told KTAB/KRBC that this ceremony marks a time to honor those who have served the country and keep some special memories alive and close.
Chief Master Sergeant Matthew Coltrin, of Dyess Airforce Base’s Seventh Bomb Wing, told KTAB/KRBC that events such as wreath laying ceremonies bring together members of the Dyess and Abilene communities.
“Every moment of the year that we set aside time to honor veterans, their families and the communities that honor them and care for our veterans is extremely important,” said CMSgt Coltrin. “It is truly an honor and a privilege to be here today to show support for the ‘Wreaths Across America’ campaign.”
During Saturday’s event, the cemetery hosted more than 250 boxes of wreaths.
CMSgt left KTAB/KRBC with words of kindness to Wreaths Across America, “Thank you for caring for our veterans, as well as our Airmen and families on Dyess Airforce Base.”
If you would like to get involved and volunteer, or sponsor a wreath for the organization’s next event, visit the Wreaths Across America in Abilene website, here.