Christmas Honors is not over until the wreaths are put away
Please help to conclude Christmas Honors on Jan. 11
One of Fort Smith's proudest volunteer services is to help place an evergreen wreath on every gravestone of the Fort Smith National Cemetery. Thousands help in early December to decorate the cemetery. Response to the respectful cemetery decoration is overwhelmingly positive and grateful from the families of veterans buried there.
But in January, all those wreaths must be picked up, cleaned and packed up for storage so that the ceremony can take place again next year.
Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. until completion to retrieve and pack the greenery. Report to the Fort Smith Convention Center at 55 South 7th Street to volunteer for indoor work and to the National Cemetery at 522 South 6th Street for outdoor work.
The Northside High School ROTC cadets have stepped up to lead the retrieval, but more volunteers will speed up the work.
The community volunteers who spearhead Christmas Honors have explained that taking good care of the decorations each year helps to hold down the expense of purchasing new artificial wreaths.
Individuals of every age and ability can help in this respectful task. Dress accordingly and report for duty at 9 a.m.
More information can be found on the Facebook page "Christmas Honors."