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Veterans Affairs needs volunteers for Wreaths Across America

EAGLE POINT, Ore. -- Remember, honor, serve is the theme of this year's Wreaths Across America Ceremony.

For 25 years wreaths have been placed at veteran cemeteries to honor vets during the holidays. But Old Guard Riders founder Patrick Allen said this year they need help.

"These people fought and served for our freedom in this country. Unfortunately there's a growing amount of people who don't really care. It's kind of one of those things that shocks me," Allen said.

At least 20 volunteers are needed to place more than 2500 wreaths at grave sites. Allen said in this community, he believes there is still time to find that support.

"Southern Oregon is very veteran oriented. I think that it's really cool when the people of Southern Oregon step up and show appreciation for their veterans," he said.

Annettia Jackson is a co-founder for the event. She said Wreaths Across America honors not only veterans, but their families.

"We have these people that have given their lives, have served us so that we can have our freedoms that we have today," Jackson said.

Allen said he volunteers to help because the cause is close to home.

"I was born and raised in the military. I served two tours in the army. I worked in the army, I worked for the navy, I worked for the VA. My entire life is some kind of connection with the military. My father is buried up there and several of my friends," he said.

The wreaths for this year have already been ordered, but the organization is already accepting donations for next year.

The ceremony is on December 17th at the Eagle Point National Cemetery. The event starts at noon, but volunteers are needed at 9:00 a.m. For more information on how you can help call Patrick Allen at 541-659-8715.

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