JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A First Coast man is leading the pack to honor fallen veterans this Christmas, but he is worried he won't be able to pay tribute to all of them.
Ralph Terreault is leading the local Wreaths Across America effort. Cities nationwide are participating to collect wreaths for their own national cemeteries to place on the gravesites.
Terreault said 2,400 wreaths still are needed, in order to place one on all the gravesites, at the Jacksonville National Cemetery.
"We want and need to recognize them for their service to our country," said Terreault.
As of Wednesday, Terreault said they were short 970 wreaths.
He's grateful to those who have sponsored a $15 wreath, but he needs more help to reach his goal, he said. "We will take anything that anybody has to offer because it will all add up."
The deadline to buy a wreath is Nov. 19, but there are other options to purchase one later. To learn more on those options or to make a donation visit Wreaths Across America.
The Wreath laying ceremony is Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Jacksonville National Cemetery.
First Coast News