Hundreds turn out for Wreaths for Heroes event

Judy Voigt helps to secure the wreaths in the ground during the “Wreaths For Heroes” event at the National Cemetery on Saturday morning in Jefferson City, where volunteers placed 1,587 wreaths. Voigt has two sons serving in the military, so this event is dear to her heart.

Judy Voigt helps to secure the wreaths in the ground during the “Wreaths For Heroes” event at the National Cemetery on Saturday morning in Jefferson City, where volunteers placed 1,587 wreaths. Voigt has two sons serving in the military, so this event is dear to her heart. Photo by Deborah Cote.

The air was crisp and cold, but it did not stop nearly 275 volunteers of all ages from arriving early at Jefferson City’s National Cemetery, all to lay wreaths on the graves of some of the city’s veterans for Wreaths for Heroes.

The event, in its second year, puts a wreath on each of the 1,587 graves at the national cemetery.

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Rachel Mauldin woke up early on Saturday, and bundled her children for their cold adventure. When she heard of the event to honor the veterans, Mauldin knew ...

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