Friday’s storms caused the wreath retrieval from the veterans cemetery to be moved to Sunday.

Retrieval of the more than 8,000 wreaths will take place beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, at the cemetery, 11463 State Highway 195 in Killeen.

Jean Shine, president of the Friends of the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, said it was too wet to continue with the event, originally scheduled for Saturday.

“I went out there at 10 o’clock last night, and it looked like a flood,” Shine said of the cemetery.

Not only would the fields be soggy, so would the wreaths.

“If the wreaths are wet, we can not put them on the trucks, because they will mildew,” she said.

Shine said volunteers are still needed Sunday to help retrieve the more than 8,000 wreaths.

After the retrieval, the wreaths will be stored until mid-November when they will be prepped for laying at the graves once again.

Shine started the wreath laying at the cemetery more than 10 years ago. As the cemetery has grown, so has the event.

Close to 1,000 people show up for the wreath laying the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Shine said, but only a few hundred will come out to retrieve them.

Due to the wet conditions, Shine does not know if parking will be available in the fields across State Highway 195 from the cemetery.

A shuttle service will be offered from the parking lot of Texas A&M University-Central Texas, 1001 Leadership Place, Killeen, beginning at 1 p.m. The shuttle service will run until everyone has left the cemetery, 11463 State Highway 195. 

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