Thanks to all wreath

ceremony supporters

 

I would like to thank everyone who made the 4th Annual Wreaths for Reedley Veterans project an amazing success.  My goal, my dream actually, when I started this project four years ago was to create an event that would invite participation by people in our community who feel as strongly as I do about honoring those who have served our country. The Reedley community has not only helped to reach this goal but surpassed it!  In addition to all the work behind the scenes, more than 200 people turned out on Dec. 16 to lay wreaths at the cemetery. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this project, the work and the commitment involved is huge. There are more than 1,700 veterans buried at the Reedley Cemetery and that number alone should tell you the amount of work involved.  Specifically, the many people involved made bows, tied on bows, designed and constructed stainless steel wreath hangers, brought doves for release, played Taps, transported wreaths from the Armory to the cemetery, placed a wreath at each veteran’s headstone, picked wreaths up and transported them back to the Armory and, after allowing them to dry out for a week, bagged all 1,700 wreaths for storage until next year.

To all of you who have faithfully supported this project for the last four years, you have my heartfelt thank you. This year I would particularly like to recognize and thank the many Reedley High School students who came out on a chilly Saturday morning to bag up and store all 1,700 wreaths in less than an hour. You guys were awesome! And to those of you who have yet to experience this incredibly inspirational event, I invite you to join us next year and share in the joy we all feel in honoring those who answered the call to serve our country.

Thank you to all who have served or are serving in the military.  And thank you, Reedley, for making my dream come true!

Susan F. Lusk

Wreaths for Reedley

Veterans Coordinator

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