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Christmas for Vets to honor veterans with wreaths on graves

The Christmas for Vets organization will once again honor veterans in local cemeteries this holiday season.

About 300 veterans in five cemeteries will have wreaths placed on their gravesites. The five cemeteries include the city of Pequot Lakes, Our Savior's Lutheran, Kedron, Jenkins and Stony Brook. Additionally, the city of Breezy Point will honor the veterans in its cemetery, independently from this organization.

Placement of wreaths will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Christmas for Vets is asking for volunteers to help with this project and to meet in the parking lot behind Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Stakeholders for wreaths were placed in October. Placing the wreath and hooking it to the stake takes little effort, and with many volunteers, the wreath placement goes quickly.

Letters have gone out to known family members of veterans, requesting a $15 donation toward the cost of the wreath and stake. Local businesses have also been contacted for donations. Christmas for Vets is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.

If anyone is able to provide additional funds toward this project, it will ensure that veterans with no living family will be honored with a wreath. There are five Spanish-American War veterans in the Pequot Lakes Cemetery, with no known family to provide funds. No veteran will be overlooked or forgotten.

Donations can be sent to Cathy Malecha at 30966 Old Highway 371, #205, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472.

In conjunction with the wreath placement, the Pequot Lakes Area Historical Society invites the public and all volunteers to an open house from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in the lower level museum in the Cole Memorial Building. The historical society will highlight the many veterans artifacts on display. Hot cider and cookies will be served.