Local hardware store and customers buy wreaths for veterans’ graves

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RICHMOND, Va., (WRIC) — Christmas can be a wonderful holiday for families, but for some, it’s a time to remember those who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice. 

To make sure veterans’ graves are honored, one local business is enlisting help from the community. 

Donations are down for the organization Wreaths Across America, that places wreaths at several cemeteries in the area. 

To offer hope for the holidays, Pleasants Hardware and the community are teaming up to honor those who have fallen. 

“The biggest casualty of war is to be forgotten,” said Wreaths Across America community relations manager Bre Kingsbury. 

To honor the memory of thousands of veterans, Wreaths Across America works with communities across the Commonwealth. 

“We’re just you know one American to another helping each other, neighbor helping neighbor,” said Kingsbury. 

The goal: to adorn the graves here at the Richmond National Cemetery with wreaths next weekend.

“Overall donations are down,” said Kingsbury.  “You know we’ve had a lot of natural disasters and different things umm you know happen across the country this year.” 

To make sure headstones receive a wreath, Pleasants Hardware stepped in to help.  

“This time of year when families across America may have an empty seat at the dinner table because someone didn’t make it home,” said Pleasants Hardware general manager Darrell Campbell. “It was important to us to help get that message out that we can honor those that served and remember those that have fallen.”

With generosity from customers, Pleasants presented Wreaths Across America with a check for over $15,000.

Wreaths will be placed not only in Richmond but also in Amelia and at Arlington National Cemetery. 

“That is a thousand veterans that will now be honored and remembered this holiday season,” said Kingsbury. “Another symbol that shows them that their loved one is not forgotten.” 

Wreaths will be placed at the cemeteries coming up Saturday, Dec. 15. 

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