Communities around the nation come together each December to cover the headstones of veterans with holiday wreaths.
Wreaths Across America is a nationwide initiative for people to sponsor wreaths to be placed on headstones at their local veterans cemeteries.
The Bismarck Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol participates in the Wreaths Across America event annually.
Roughly 5,000 wreaths will have to be sponsored this year for each headstone to be covered in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
“Our objective is to cover every headstone,” Kevin Iverson, lead on the event, said. “We’ve been closing in on it every year.”
Each wreath costs $15 to sponsor.
According to Iverson, no community has ever covered every headstone in the history of the event.
Last year about 90 percent of the headstones were covered at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
“In terms of wreaths that were placed last year, we were one of the largest in the country,” Iverson said. “I think it really speaks highly about the patriotism of the people in the area.”
This year’s ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 14 at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Those in attendance will be able to help place the wreaths to cover the markers in the cemetery.
It is recommended people attending arrive 30 minutes early.
For more information or to sponsor a wreath, call 701-390-9593 or visit http://bismarckcap.com.