Wreaths for Veterans: “It’s a way to say thank you”

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - It's hard to believe, but Christmas is creeping up and Wreaths for Veterans needs your help.

Monday was the first day of getting the process started with bow making. In a few weeks, volunteers will lay wreaths on the graves of veterans in Huntsville.

"It just brings that sense of patriotism back and the honoring of our soldiers who have fallen," said Sharron Eubanks, who has been participating in Wreaths for Veterans for 10 years.

For Sharron and many others who volunteer with Wreaths for Veterans, it's about remembrance, honor and teaching our children the value of freedom.

What started as bow making in the living rooms of Redstone Garden Club members, has now turned into making around 4,000 wreaths each year.

"It's special and that's why I stick with it because I just feel it's a service to our community and it's one way to say thank you," said Eubanks.

A thank you especially to her husband.

"I'm an Army wife of 26 years," said Eubanks. "We traveled everywhere and did everything as far as military is concerned and I think it's very important for our patriotism to stay alive."

The red bows symbolize something greater than a marker that lays on the grave.

"This seems simple to make a bow, but here's the way we look at it, we want these to look like something that you would want to have on your own grave," explained Eubanks.

She says in the trying times our country is experiencing today, making these bows and fluffing the wreaths means much more.

"For all the years we've done this, it just grows deeper every single year and it's just hard to impart that unless you feel it yourself," said Eubanks.

If you'd like to volunteer with Wreaths for Veterans, you can find more information here.