Leavitt Funeral Home is one of more than 600 funeral homes participating in the Wreaths Across America program.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the non-profit aimed at remembering soldiers for their service to our country.
The first year volunteers laid 5,000 wreaths on graves at Arlington Cemetery. This year the project will lay a wreath on every grave at the national cemetery---more than 220,000.
The entire program is volunteer based and three Leavitt employees will be traveling to Arlington on December 12th to lay wreaths at the graves.
"You start reading names on there and there is so much personal history it's not just a soldier," says Leavitt Funeral Home owner Jon Leavitt. "There's a story behind every one of those soldiers. And you know a cemetery is sometimes a lonely place and can be forgotten so this is a way to take time for the day..this holiday..and remember all those who have sacrificed, who have given themselves to support this country for the things we often take for granted and think come naturally," says Leavitt.
The program recently expanded to include family sponsors for relatives who served. Leavitt Funeral Home is hosting an open house this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. for the program.
Each wreath costs $15 and order forms are available at the funeral home.