Volunteers Help Recycle Thousands Of Wreaths

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) - More than 100 volunteers worked Friday (Jan. 30) and Saturday (Jan. 31) to recycle 8,000 wreaths that were on veterans' graves at Fayetteville National Cemetery for the holiday season.

The third annual wreath recycling event is put on by Bo's Blessings. Director Jannie Layne said she was overwhelmed by the support from the community.

"This has been the best event yet, we've had the most turn out of volunteers and we processed the most wreaths that we have ever done before," Layne said.

She said all of the greenery is taken to the Fayetteville Compost facility to be recycled. Layne said the red ribbons will be donated to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the money made from the metal wires will be given to the cemetery to purchase more land.

Fayetteville woman Doris Forcheimer is the wife of a disabled Army veteran. She and her husband volunteered at the wreath recycling event for the first time this year.

"It was exciting, it was labor intensive, but it was very exciting," Forcheimer said.

She said it's important to honor those who have served.

"In today's age we don't always get to see the support for the veterans that they deserve, and it's just very important that people remember the sacrifices they made," Forcheimer said.

Organizers said they are needing help from the community for next year's event. The warehouse they have used in the past is getting demolished, and they will need a new building.

Layne also said they are looking for sponsors for their "Hike For Heroes" event on April 24. She said the hike will start at the Fayetteville National Cemetery and go to the V.A. nursing home in Fayetteville, then go back to the cemetery. If you could like to get involved, contact Jannie Layne at 479-530-7728.