Volunteers raising money to lay wreaths at veterans’ graves in Elizabeth City: ‘We’re not going to let them be forgotten’

Posted at 6:09 PM, Nov 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-18 13:02:50-05

Elizabeth City, N.C. - Hundreds of veterans are buried at the New Hollywood Cemetery on Peartree Rd. in Elizabeth City.

Christine Spence, president of the VFW Auxiliary 6060, wants to make sure their sacrifices are honored.

This holiday season she's working to raise money to lay wreaths at all of their graves.

"We're not going to let them be forgotten," Spence said.

It's part of the national "Wreaths Across America" campaign.

This is the first time the wreath laying ceremony will be held in Elizabeth City.

"To see these veterans honored through 'Wreaths Across America' is one of the greatest things that I think can ever happen to these veterans.  I really do," said Spence.

The wreath laying ceremony will take place on Dec. 12, but they only have until Nov. 30 to raise all the money that they need in order to purchase the wreaths in time.

"We got a long ways to go," Spence told NewsChannel 3.

At this point, she has enough money for about 100 wreaths.  They need 503.

NewsChannel 3 wanted to get help, so we donated $1,000 to get them a little closer to their goal.

They still need more donations to make sure every veteran is honored this holiday season, but they say one way or another, they'll get it done.

"No veteran is truly dead until he's forgotten, and our job is to remember," said Lisa Brown, a location coordinator for Wreaths Across America.

Each wreath costs $15.

Click here to donate online.   For information about paying by check, click here: Wreaths Across America