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Wreaths for Biloxi National Cemetery looking for donations

It's never too early to get into the holiday spirit. Wreaths for Biloxi National Cemetery is asking the community one last time for help in raising funds to purchase artificial holiday wreaths. The organization has already raised enough money for 2,000 new wreaths and will place more than 3,000 wreaths on gravestones at the cemetery during the Dec. 6 ceremony.

The organization is also looking for volunteers to help during the 11 a.m. ceremony.

More than 1,100 wreaths, with red ribbons, were placed throughout the cemetery last year.

"We have 18,000 heroes and spouses buried in the cemetery," sponsor Chad Riemann said after last year's ceremony. "As a community we are very lucky to have this. To all those who sacrificed so much, we owe so much.

"Today is just a small way to say thank you for those sacrifices and service that they have made."

Added organizer Veronica Romano:

"It started out because we wanted to do something for the holiday season. People do place live wreaths at certain times, but we wanted to do something that could be put on everybody's grave. That's our goal, to keep it going with the artificial wreaths so that we'll have enough for the 18,000 graves out here.

"We want it to keep going just like Memorial Day with the flags. We want it to be an annual event that people can volunteer and come out to each holiday season."

Those interested can call 669-1289, email WreathsForBNC@Yahoo.com or follow the organization on Facebook at "Wreaths for Biloxi National Cemetery."

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