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Wreaths Across America falls far short of Wilmington goal

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- To honor fallen heroes during the holidays Wreaths Across America aims to put a wreath on all graves in the nation's veterans cemeteries.

But here in Wilmington a majority of the graves will go undecorated.

Saturday more than 1,000 wreaths will be laid on graves in Wilmington National Cemetery as part of the Wreaths Across America program. That number is significantly lower than local organizers had hoped. They set a goal of having 5,000 wreaths this year for the more than 7,000 graves.

Although the deadline has already passed to donate for this holiday season, you can donate for next year to make sure all the head stones have a wreath.

Click here for more information about Wreaths Across America

Veteran Ralph Price is already looking toward to the future to honor those who gave so much in the past.

"I want to start on next year," Price said. "Let's get the money raised; have everyone donate one wreath --- is $15. Start saving and put back a little bit."

Saturday there be almost 300 ceremonies to lay the wreaths on graves across the country. Wilmington's starts at noon and is immediately followed by the wreath laying. Everyone is welcome to come rain or shine.

Jan. 11 the organization will be back at the cemetery to collect all the wreaths off the graves. The public is encouraged to come out and help.

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Morbid Silliness

I think this kind of thing is both morbid and silly. You don't honor dead veterans by putting decorations on their graves. You honor them by making sure their sacrifice was worth it. Live a good life and take care of your family. See to it the nation stays strong and free.

Wreaths Across America Story

I was very pleased to meet Sarah Murphy and have the opportunity to share information about the WAA ceremony this year. However I am not happy with the negative spin that was put on the efforts that many people put into acquiring the wreath donations. When we started our participation 5 years ago we only had 100 wreaths donated and last year we only had 450. Every year we have been excited when our efforts showed improvement over the year before. Through the tireless efforts of many people we saw that number soar to 1233 wreaths this year. As the location leader for the Wreaths Across America ceremony here in Wilmington I am not disappointed in the lack of wreaths I am very proud of all of our volunteers. Next year we will continue to strive for our goal to place a wreath on every grave and will be happy to accept any positive help from our local news stations to aid us in getting the word out to our community. Thank you for your time.

Our group, Human Wall For

Our group, Human Wall For Fallen Soldiers was very proud to be part of this year's WAA donations. We were very excited when we were told that the donations had gone from 450 wreaths last year to 1233 this year. What a beautiful sight it was to see 783 more of our American Heroes honored. We can't wait to participate next year.

Thank you for all of your

Thank you for all of your hard work. I have never heard of how to make a donation to the program and I think more people would donate to the effort if they knew exactly how to do so. Local Boy Scout groups would be a good way to get the word out for next year!

Congratulations on the success of your effort!

Such a nice and thoughtful way to honor those brave hero's that gave their lives in battle for the freedoms this country and its people enjoy today! People forget all too easily...

Unfortunately, those freedoms are shrinking. We, the United States of America need to get back to what we once were. Full of Honor, prosperity, strength, values and to simply be proud to be a part of it all.

Whatever happened to all of that?