DENVER -- The holidays can be a painful time for many military families as they are reminded of painful losses. But one group is working to make sure veterans and their families are honored.
Victoria Nevins frequently visits her son Liam’s grave at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
“He was a classic hero. He loved it. That was his life,” said Nevins.
Liam was a Green Beret and is buried at Logan National Cemetery in Denver. He was killed in Afghanistan in 2013.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, the void in Nevin’s heart is especially painful.
“Our hearts are really heavy because our loved one isn’t with us,” Nevins said.
Every year, Wreathes Across America tries to honor our veterans and bring comfort to their families by trying to place a wreath on the headstone of every single veteran.
One-hundred-six thousand veterans are buried at Logan National Cemetery, but last year only 7,000 got wreaths because of fundraising challenges.
David Bolser, with Senior Veterans Inc., is trying to make sure every veteran is honored with a $15 handmade wreath.
“Every life is to be honored. Every $15 provides a wreath, and every wreath honors a life,” said Bolser.
For military family members like Nevins, the laying of the wreath ceremony is important.
The ceremony is December 16, and volunteers read each veterans name as they lay the wreath.
“That means everything. Liam is lucky because I’m still here. He has a wreath as long as I’m here, but to know he will always have someone visiting him and honoring him means a lot,” said Nevins.
You can donate just $15 to help every headstone get a wreath this holiday by visiting www.fortloganhonor.com.
Those donations have to be in by November 27.