To the Editor:

I am writing to express my appreciation to the thousands of volunteers who helped make it possible for the Friends of Central Texas Veterans Cemetery to place a wreath at every grave site at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery this past Saturday. A heartfelt thank you to those who served on the leadership committee, the Wreath Riders, the local city governments, law enforcement and chambers of commerce, III Corps and Fort Hood, the Texas Veterans Land Board, the local press and the selfless volunteers who turned out to prepare, place and will later retrieve the wreaths at the cemetery during the busy holiday season. This effort would not be successful without each and every one of you.

I am particularly pleased that this continues to be a project without limits. Neighbors from throughout Central Texas pitched in with their money and their hard work. This cemetery serves a large region and help came from many miles away to honor our veterans and their families. This does not go unnoticed as this year the Friends of Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery and I were honored to receive special recognition from George P. Bush, Chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board.

To say that I am proud of this community would be a serious understatement. I am overwhelmed by your generosity – of money and time. Your pride in our country and our community was evident at every step of the way and was visible in the almost 8,000 beautiful wreaths that adorned the cemetery where those who gave so much now rest.

The committee has already begun planning for the 2018 holiday season and we know that the community will once again support this effort to honor our veterans and their families. Dates for the preparation, laying and retrieval of the wreaths can be found on our website,

With sincere thanks,

Jean Shine, President

Friends of Central Texas Veterans Cemetery

“Wreaths for Vets”

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