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Wreaths for Warriors

Posted on: 5:22 pm, December 5, 2013, by

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — In honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day this weekend, a group in central Pennsylvania is putting about 1,400 wreaths on the graves of veterans.

Everywhere you look inside the barn at Kohl’s Stony Hill Tree Farm near Danville are wreaths with bright red ribbons. Inside the store employees put the finishing touches on even more wreaths. 1,400 hundred of them in all!

“It’s a lot of work, it’s not a ten minute process, that’s for sure,” Stanley Kohl said.

They aren’t just any wreaths, they are for veterans in Snyder, Union and Northumberland Counties. It’s all part of Wreaths For Warriors. During a ceremony this weekend, all of the wreaths will be placed on veteran’s graves in conjunction with the anniversary of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Stanley Kohl and his staff make the wreaths every year.

“We made 75 wreaths the first year and it’s just grown. They continued to get more and more donations to help pay for the wreaths. We’re at 1,200 of the little ones and 150 of the big ones this year,” Kohl said.

Close to two dozen employees have been working on wreaths for warriors. Kohl says the entire process takes about two weeks.

“It takes time but it’s fun. The girls you work with are a lot of fun. There’s joking and carrying on but you still get them done,” Linda Zarr said.

Linda Zarr has several veterans in her family and says she is honored to help make the wreaths.

“I think it’s great. I like it. I love making the wreaths. It’s going for a good cause, I really believe that,” Zarr said.

“Definitely honored to be involved with it because it’s nice that we can remember the people who gave so much for the freedoms that we have,” Kohl said.

The wreaths will be placed on graves this weekend throughout central Pennsylvania.

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