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Volunteers decorate hundreds of military graves with wreaths

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Posted at 8:09 PM, Dec 06, 2020

LANCASTER, Ky. (LEX 18) — Volunteers laid 500 wreaths on military graves at Lancaster Cemetery on Sunday.

“It gives the family the relief that there was someone interested in their loved one that served in this country,” said volunteer Joe Barker.

The event was organized by Garrard County locals who raised $7,000 to decorate the graves.

“It makes me proud to live in a community and in a country where we will never forget the people who fought for our freedom,” said organizer Debra Hoskins.

Many organizations have scaled down their wreath-laying ceremonies this year because of the pandemic.

Wreath Across America will be hosting a virtual ceremony, rather than hosting an in-person event.

“When I heard that they weren’t going to do it, I thought that’s a shame because it didn’t matter if there was disease, bad weather, snow or freezing. Those guys were out fighting for us. We can put a mask on and put a wreath out,” said Hoskins.

There are more than 1,250 veterans buried at the cemetery.

Hoskins told LEX 18 they hope to adorn every grave in 2021. They’ll need to raise $13,500 to meet their goal.