LINCOLN — Eddie and Patty Fox had been familiar with Wreaths Across America's work over the years to recognize the courage and sacrifices of our veterans, but it wasn't until last year that the couple began to think about how their home town of Lincoln could assist the mission.
The Foxes were the driving force behind the effort last year to raise money for a Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which was dedicated at the Lincoln Senior Center on May 21, 2011.
"It was a huge ceremony and over 400 people attended," said Patty.
After the ceremony, she and Eddie, a Vietnam Army veteran, sat down and talked about ways they could take time out amid the hustle and bustle of the holidays to honor and thank veterans for their service and sacrifice.
So, in December of last year, they coordinated the town's first Wreaths Across America ceremony honoring veterans, which was held at the same Vietnam Veterans Memorial they helped establish earlier in the year. The event was such a success, that it is being held again this year.
The second annual Wreaths Across America ceremony will take place at noon next Saturday, Dec. 15. Wreaths will be placed at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the Lincoln Senior Center, 150 Jenckes Hill Road, at the same time as the Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia.
"Participants at more than 750 locations across the nation and worldwide will place more than 400,000 donated wreaths this year," said Fox.