LUSK – We have Veterans Day in the fall and Memorial Day in the spring, but our service members sacrifice their time and safety every single day of the year to preserve our freedoms. In many homes, there is an empty seat for one who is serving or one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
There is no better time to express our appreciation than during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 1,400 locations across the United States, at sea and abroad.
On Sunday December 23, Mike Smith and his crew of family of friends help spread Christmas cheer around Niobrara County.
The Crew prepared 240 wreaths to place upon headstones of Veterans in different cemeteries throughout the county, with 190 wreaths placed in the Lusk Cemetery.
They also honored Veterans in Van Tassell, Node, Mother Feather Legs monument, Manville, Keeline, and Kirtley Road.
Mike would like to continue this tradition in the future, of being able to honor all Veterans laid to rest in Niobrara County. Smith estimated that over 500 Veterans are buried throughout the County.
If you would like to help by donating money for supplies Smith has set up a Wreaths Across America account at Bank of The West and The Lusk Herald also will accept any donations for the cause.