Wreaths Across America grew to 60 veterans’ graves over holidays

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 January 2016 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – Wreaths were set by veterans’ gravesites at Boxwood Cemetery.

MEDINA – Two years ago, Boxwood Cemetery took part in Wreaths Across America, a nationwide effort to recognize deceased veterans during the holidays.

There were seven veterans’ graves with wreaths and colorful red ribbons in late 2013, the debut of the program at Boxwood. It grew to about 20 graves in 2014 and last month it reached 60.

“They really look nice out there,” said Kathy Blackburn, volunteer coordinator of the program at Boxwood. She also is a member of the Boxwood Cemetery Commission.
She would like to see 100 graves have wreaths next year and eventually all of the veterans’ sites in the cemetery.

The wreaths cost $15 each and are ordered online throught the Wreaths Across America website (click here). Local vetetrans’ organizations participated in a service at Boxwood on Dec. 12.

“This was our third year and it just keeps growing,” Blackburn said. “We hope to cover more of the cemetery next year.”

For more information, give Blackburn a call at 585-734-5801.