By: Cortez Copher
The DAV Auxiliary and Daughters of the American Revolution met Tuesday, January 21 at Pine Crest Cemetery to pick up the wreaths they had laid on veterans graves on Pearl Harbor Day.
The group had to wait until the wreaths were dry to pack away in boxes for storage. With the help of Dennis Cunningham who brought a 4-wheeler with a small trailer, and Skip Copher who brought a dump trailer, the other twelve volunteers made a quick job of gathering and transporting the wreaths for storage to the VFW building.
“Wreaths Across America” started in Mena several years ago when Claudia and Charlie Brown contacted Carol Burns of the DAVA about donating wreaths to place on veterans graves.
This year the DAV Auxillary, led by their officers, Debra Carter, Commander, and Carol Burns, Senior Vice Commander, made the decision to put wreaths on veterans graves December 7, even though there were not enough wreaths for all the veterans in Pine Crest Cemetery.
The DAVA and DAR put out all they had, but skipped some veterans graves. Only 433 wreaths were recovered. Some need to be discarded while others need new red bows.
The number of veterans buried at Pine Crest is over 600. What a beautiful sight it would be to have enough wreaths to place one on every veteran’s grave in Mena next year.
Please Call Carol Burns at 479-216-5889 if you wish to donate for more wreaths or to volunteer.
Picture: Members of the DAV Auxiliary and the Daughters of the American Revolution picked up wreaths that had been laid on the graves of veterans on Pearl Harbor Day. Pictured from left to right, front row: Ruth Gray, Linda Spurgain, Ethal Glenn, Carol Burns, Naomi Thompson and Cortez Copher. Back row: Ann Garrett, Shelly Collins, Harley Boyd, Brenda Cunningham, Dennis Cunningham and Jim Thompson. Submitted photo.