BATH - Hundreds of people laid wreaths over the graves of American servicemen and women at Bath National Cemetery on Dec. 16. On Friday, volunteers took the time to pick them up.
“We had an awesome turnout of people coming to lay the wreaths in December,” said Ruth Walters, Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces volunteer. “Obviously, the other side of that now is, we’ve come to a point where they have to come off.”
“We want to take them off before they become unsightly, because then you lose the respect if they’re no longer nice and green and healthy looking,” she said.
On Friday afternoon, around 100 volunteers spent a few hours picking up more than 3,200 wreaths around the cemetery.
The wreaths were then loaded up into a dump truck, and were taken to the landfill.
One of the volunteers was Corning resident Jayden Johnson, a member of Boy Scout Troop 2.
“I think it’s good that everyone’s coming up to help pick up the wreaths,” he said. “I’m volunteering to support all of the veterans and our troops.”
Wreaths will be laid at the Bath VA Cemetery again later this year.