Paul Whitmore scans the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, making sure all grave markers have a wreath during 2016's Wreaths for Vets.

After more than 7,000 wreaths were prepared last Saturday, a motorcycle escort will accompany the trucks bearing those wreaths to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery on Saturday morning.

Riders will meet at the Killeen Special Events Center, 3301 S. W.S. Young Drive at 8 a.m. with the procession departing for the cemetery at 8:40 a.m.

The wreaths will begin to be laid at 10 a.m.

The first group to place wreaths will be Fort Hood families, who will place wreaths at the memorial honoring those who have died in conflicts since 2002, according to Jean Shine, president of the Friends of the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, which organizes the annual event.

Next, families of deceased veterans buried in the cemetery will place their wreaths.

After that, volunteers will begin laying the wreaths on every grave.

Singer-songwriter Darden Smith of Austin will be the featured vocalist during the wreath-laying, according to Shine. Smith will be singing “Angel Flight,” specially written about a Texas National Guardsman.

Those who wish to participate in the wreath-laying should plan to park at the Texas A&M University-Central Texas campus on State Highway 201. Buses will operate between 8 a.m. and noon, transporting volunteers between the university and the cemetery.

More information on supporting Wreaths for Vets can be found on the website: www.wreathsforvets.org.

254-501-7568 | jferraro@kdhnews.com

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