The city’s oldest, continuously-operated cemeteries, Evergreen and Fairview are the final resting places of more than 3,300 veterans dating back as far as the Civil War. To remember and commemorate the service of our local heroes, Evergreen Heritage, also known as the Evergreen Cemetery Benevolent Society, is aiming to place live balsam wreaths on each of the veterans’ graves on Dec. 14 as part of National Wreaths Across America Day. This is the third year Colorado Springs is participating in the annual event.
An enterprise of the City of Colorado Springs, the cemeteries work closely with Evergreen Heritage, a local nonprofit organization, to care for the historic properties. There are approximately 2,000 wreaths already sponsored for the commemoration and additional wreaths are available for purchase. The cost is $15 per wreath, and $5 from each purchase will be maintained by Evergreen Heritage to support year-round care and restoration projects in the cemeteries.
In 2019, more than 1,700 locations nationwide will participate in Wreaths Across America, supported by nearly 4,000 fundraising groups and more than two million volunteers. National Wreaths Across America Day is a free, community event open to all.
More information on Evergreen and Fairview cemeteries is available at https://coloradosprings.gov/evergreen-and-fairview-cemeteries.
WHAT: National Wreaths Across America Day wreath-laying ceremony
WHEN: Saturday, Dec.14, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Evergreen Cemetery (1005 Hancock Expressway, Colorado Springs)
HOW: To purchase a wreath or volunteer to help place wreaths during the event, visit https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/42498/Overview/?relatedId=42571&fbclid=IwAR1GMToXAs9Bt1VrvAe9QDRNZdXy72_ZIPx2MVkKvbBxLlszOZ1jwDVNAUA.