DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) – Wreaths Across America started in 1992 when the owner of a wreath company had extra wreaths at the end of the season. Remembering his visit to Arlington National Cemetery when he was 12 years old, the owner of the business arranged to have the wreaths placed in a section of the cemetery that wasn’t getting much traffic. The event was small and grew slowly until 2005 when a photo with the wreaths on the graves in the snow went viral on the internet.
Locally, Wreaths Across America will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Enterprise City Cemetery on North Main Street. Additionally, a second wreath laying ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery in Elba.
The group plans to place approximately 1,500 wreaths at more than two dozen local cemeteries on December 14.
For as little as $10, you can sponsor a wreath. Checks can be made out to the Coffee County Veterans and be dropped off at WVVL 101 Radio Station in Enterprise (located next to the Boll Weevil Monument). Volunteers are also needed to help place the wreaths.
Wreaths Across America is co-sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution, The Enterprise Civitan Club, the American Legion and the Elba American Legion.
The eventual goal of the CoffeeCountyVeterans.org is to place flags and Wreaths on all of the Veterans graves in Coffee County on patriotic holidays.