Students to honor veterans with holiday wreaths

Brecksville - A group of high school students is raising money so that they can lay holiday wreaths on the graves of the veterans buried at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio.

It's part of a national movement called "Wreaths Across America", which raises funds to place wreaths on veterans' graves all over the country.

This year, the National Wreaths Across America Day ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 16th, at more than 1200 locations.

Cuyahoga Valley Career Center's Power Equipment Technology Program students will help lay what they hope are 25,000 wreaths on the graves of the men and women buried there.

You can sponsor a wreath for $15, with $5 going to the Power Equipment Program.

Simply go to and use the ID number OH0125P.

Student Sam Turnea says the wreaths are made out of all natural materials, and once the holiday season is over, they can be recycled and used as mulch.

Sam says that when each wreath is laid, the student will say the name of the veteran out loud, the branch of the military, and the words "Thank you for your service".

He hopes that the students' effort will help young people---and society in general---to have a deeper appreciation and respect for those who served and made "the ultimate sacrifice".

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