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A wreath is often perceived as a Christmas decoration, but it’s actually a symbol of eternal life. This December, you will see wreaths placed at the graves of veterans who are buried in Elmwood Cemetery and Fairview Cemetery as the city joins Wreaths Across America (WAA) to sponsor veterans and honor them through the 2019 holiday season.

Wreaths Across America is a national program that places wreaths at the graves of our nation’s veterans. This year, the City of Brighton is proud to announce that both Elmwood Cemetery and Fairview Cemetery will be participating in this program and will be placing wreaths on Saturday, December 14th.

The event on December 14th will begin with a short ceremony for each branch of the military. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10 a.m. and then volunteers will begin lying the wreaths on veterans gravesites. Volunteers are needed to help distribute wreaths but there is no need to sign up in advance. The event will end once all wreaths have been placed; the more volunteers, the quicker the wreaths will be placed. This event is fun for all ages and a great way to honor our local veterans during the holiday season.

The City of Brighton is currently accepting donations. Wreaths are $15 and 100% of your money will go to funding a wreath at the gravesite of a veteran in Brighton. Our goal is to raise $52,000 to purchase 3,500. If this goal is exceeded, additional wreaths will be purchased and kept in Colorado to go to other state cemeteries that do not have enough wreaths for all its veterans. Please note that all donation amounts are appreciated and accepted.

Please visit www.brightonco.gov/WAA if you’re making a donation using a credit or debit card or contact Cemetery Manager Aaron Corr via at: acorr@brightonco.gov or call: 303-655-2060 to arrange a time to drop off cash or check.

In 2018, WAA placed 1.8 million wreaths at 15,000 cemeteries including 22 national cemeteries and Normandy. This year, WAA is projecting 2.35 million wreaths will be placed thanks to the donations collected.