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Christmas for Vets to decorate Pequot Lakes area graves Saturday

Wreaths decorate the grave sites of deceased Pequot Lakes veterans as part of the Christmas for Vets program. Submitted Photo

Christmas for Vets is a nonprofit organization that recognizes all veterans in five Pequot Lakes area cemeteries during the holiday season when Christmas wreaths are placed on veterans' gravesites in December in honorary remembrance of those who served.

The local cemeteries are Our Savior's, Pequot Lakes City, Jenkins, Stony Brook and Kedron. The organization requests a $15 donation from family members of veterans to offset the cost of the stake and wreath. Local businesses and individuals are also asked for contributions since many veterans no longer have family to contribute and no veteran is omitted.

Wreaths will be placed at noon Saturday, Dec. 8. Volunteers are always needed with more than 300 veteran graves to be decorated. Volunteers are asked to gather at the west side of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, where the wreaths will be ready for distribution.

An open house and tour of the Pequot Lakes Historical Museum at 1 p.m. will follow with coffee, cider and cookies provided to the public and volunteers. Everyone is welcome.

To contribute to this project, send donations to: Christmas for Vets, 31018 Rasmussen Road, #205, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472.