Craig Elks Lodge seeks donations to help decorate veteran headstones with wreaths | CraigDailyPress.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Craig Elks Lodge seeks donations to help decorate veteran headstones with wreaths

Staff reports

With December right around the corner, the Craig Elks Lodge No. 1577 has made it a mission to ensure all military veterans get to enjoy the holiday season – especially the fallen.

According to Frank Sadvar of the local Elk’s chapter, the lodge is participating in Wreaths Across America for the second consecutive year. Every December since 1992, the national nonprofit has continued to expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington. Veteran cemeteries in all 50 states, meanwhile, also correspond and participate in the nationwide ceremony, slated for 10 a.m. Dec. 19.

Sadvar, himself a former Army veteran of 24 years, said this year the Elks Lodge intends to decorate hundreds of headstones at the Fairview cemetery.

“The goal for Craig Elks Lodge is to raise enough funds to place over 800 veterans wreaths on the headstones of al the local heroes there,” a late September WAA press release states, “to ensure that the individuals who served to protect the freedoms of our country never be forgotten and to bring the community together in patriotic commemoration.”

So far, the Craig Elks Lodge has raised enough money for 200 wreaths. The deadline to get all 800 wreaths is Nov. 30.

“We want to cover all of them,” Sadvar said of the local headstones. “They earned that. If I had the money, I’d do all 800 myself.”

The local Elks, VFW and American Legion organizations, as well as Masterworks Mechanical, have so far pitched in a combined $2,000 to help purchase wreaths.

To donate, visit https://wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/159272 or call Craig Elks Lodge No. 1577 at 970-824-3557.


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Craig and Moffat County make the Craig Press’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User