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Young Marines seek to place 2,000 wreaths on graves of fallen veterans

Lewis and Clark Young Marines partner with Wreaths Across America in hopes of raising money for wreaths at Evergreen Memorial Gardens

VANCOUVER — It is the goal of the Lewis and Clark Young Marines to sell 2,000 wreaths this season; enough to lay on every veteran grave at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.  

Members of the Lewis and Clark Young Marines lay wreaths at Evergreen Memorial Gardens for National Wreaths Across America Day in December of last year. Photo by Alex Peru
Members of the Lewis and Clark Young Marines lay wreaths at Evergreen Memorial Gardens for National Wreaths Across America Day in December of last year. Photo by Alex Peru

Starting in 2014, the LCYM partnered with Wreaths Across America to sell wreaths in the Clark County area. LCYM has currently raised 401 sponsorships, at 15$ per, to purchase the wreaths.

Last year they sold 462 wreaths, leaving close to three fourths of Evergreen Memorial Gardens’ veterans without.

“It was kinda hard for the kids to walk away on that day,” said Debbie Crawford, WAA coordinator for the LCYM. “We use it to teach our Young Marines to remember and honor and respect those that fought.”

Wreaths can be purchased, or sponsored, by people in the community and are then delivered by WAA to the cemetery the morning of the wreath laying ceremony. This year’s National Wreaths Across America Day will be on Dec. 15.

Anyone is welcome to join LCYM and other community veteran groups, like the Patriot Guard Riders, at the wreath laying ceremony.

The Young Marines are a national organization with close to 10,000 members. LCYM was established 16 years ago and has members from Clark, Cowlitz, Multnomah, and Clackamas counties.

“We instill self-confidence, we have a lot of kids from every walk of life,” Crawford said. “The Young Marines is a place where all kids are equal, and they can succeed in their own way, at their own level.”

For information on LCYM or the WAA, or if you would like to donate, visit the LCYM’s WAA link, check their Facebook page for updates or email them directly at [email protected].   

The Lewis and Clark Young Marines managed to acquire 462 wreath sponsorships in 2017. This year they aim to get 2,000; enough for every veteran grave at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Photo by Alex Peru
The Lewis and Clark Young Marines managed to acquire 462 wreath sponsorships in 2017. This year they aim to get 2,000; enough for every veteran grave at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Photo by Alex Peru
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Jacob Granneman

Jacob Granneman is a filmmaker and writer from Clark County. He is a recent graduate of Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College, where he studied media production. He has produced documentary stories all over the Pacific Northwest and in Argentina. His passions range from loving people, to cinematography, to going on adventures in the most beautiful place on earth, i.e. his backyard. He lives with his wife in Vancouver, WA.

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