FERNLEY. Nev. (KOLO) The flags are at half-staff to honor the veterans being buried at the Northern Nevada Veterans Cemetery in Fernley.
There are more than 8,000 veterans buried there; at least one funeral takes place every weekday.
“They come from Nevada. But they come from California and you know a lot of folks were born here, and moved somewhere else, came back. And they wanted to be buried out here at this cemetery,” says Tom Draughon with the Nevada Veterans Coalition.
Each year, one day in December is set aside to not honor one or a handful of veterans, rather all 8,000 of them by placing holiday wreaths on the graves.
Called “Wreaths Across America,” the event takes place at the same date and time nationwide.
“A thousand different organizations place wreaths across the United States,” says Draughon.
Eleven years ago Draughon says they could only afford 25 wreaths. From 2014 on, the Nevada Veterans Coalition has been able to place a wreath on each grave.
“You just place the wreath and say thank you, we remember you,” says Draughon.
But Draughon says this year they are coming up short on volunteers and funds for wreaths. The program is six months in the planning, and over the years a call out for help has not been unusual.
The ceremony will take place December 15 at 9:00am.
The goal is to again adorn the 8,000-plus graves on that day with 3,000 volunteers in attendance. Even those who are interned will receive wreaths.
The wreaths won't be placed on the name plates; rather they will go alongside the wall.
If you'd like to help out, either by volunteering or helping pay for a wreath, go to the Coalition’s website, or you can send a check or money order to Nevada Veterans Coalition at P.O. BOX 415, Fernley, Nevada 89408