LOCAL VOICES: Help Lay a Wreath on Every Veteran’s Grave This Holiday Season

Wreaths Across America

Hello. My name is Amber. I am in 8th grade at Hollenbeck Junior High and a proud member of Wentzville Civil Air Patrol Squadron. I’d like to ask your help so that we can REMEMBER AND HONOR our fallen veterans this holiday season.

Wreaths Across America

The CAP is the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization composed of volunteers “with an aviation-minded membership that includes people from all backgrounds, lifestyles, and occupations.”

It performs three congressionally assigned key missions: emergency services, which includes search and rescue (by air and ground) and disaster relief operations; aerospace education for youth and the general public; and cadet programs for teenage youth like me!

Amber Scheulen

My rank is Airman First Class. I’ve been in CAP for almost a year and have learned many things: especially leadership, responsibility, and most of all teamwork. With a team, I know I am not alone and in teamwork almost anything is possible and will happen with greater impact.

Wreaths Across America

For the past three years we have teamed up with Wreaths Across America, an organization whose mission is to “Remember, Honor, Teach.” This mission is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies on a specified Saturday in December at Arlington, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.

We also organize a week of events including international veteran’s tributes, ceremonies at State Houses and a week-long “Veteran’s Parade” between Maine and Virginia where we stop along the way to spread our message about the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.

I am writing you to ask for a donation to help us ensure every fallen veteran’s gravestone is graced with a green wreath this December. Our squadron goal is 500 wreaths for 500 veterans. They watched over us, now let us watch over them. Help us “REMEMBER” and “HONOR” our fallen heroes. Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Every wreath is $15.00 so any amount would help. It’s easy to donate online. Here is the link to my personal donation page.

The deadline for the project is December 1.

As across the nation, ceremonies honoring the fallen veterans will commence in December. Last year, we teamed up locally with the Legion Riders from American Legion Post 323 to honor neighbor veterans’ graves at Eternal Peace Cemetery, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Cemetery, and Linn Cemetery in Wentzville.

Thank you for helping!