Every December since 2008, the Horton Wreath Society places a wreath at the grave of every veteran buried at the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk.
This year, that means nearly 5,200 wreaths that must be purchased at a cost of $8.50 per wreath. It’s a dramatic increase for the non-profit.
“We are seeing the number of World War II era veterans who are passing increase dramatically,” explained Horton Wreath Society President John Tutunjian.
On Friday, the Horton Wreath Society held a news conference to announce that they were roughly $15,000 short of their fundraising goal, with the deadline to order the wreaths coming up on Monday.
“We do not want to be in the position where certain wreaths get the graves and certain graves do not get the wreaths,” Tutunjian commented.
NewsChannel 3 didn’t want to see that happen either. So we Took Action, presenting the Horton Wreath Society with a $1,000 donation.
That donation will put wreaths on the graves of 118 of our nation’s heroes.
The Horton Wreath Society still needs help reaching their goal.
You can Take Action and send a donation to the Horton Wreath Society, care of the Treasurer at 1401 Trapelo Court, Virginia Beach, VA 23456.
To find out more about the Horton Wreath Society and their efforts, visit their website here.