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The Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery opened in 2006 after more than a decade of work and planning. It now serves as the honorable resting place for more than 3,000 veterans and family members.

In support of this tremendous asset, a group of citizens has organized the Friends of the Central Texas Veterans Cemetery to support projects at the cemetery beginning with laying a holiday wreath at each grave each year. Wreaths are laid on the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year and we hope you will join us.

Laying holiday wreaths actually began seven years ago when the Wreaths Across America organization sent six wreaths to our cemetery and every other veterans cemetery in the United States to be laid in honor of each military service branch and POW/MIA. An individual believed that there should be a wreath laid at each grave and within three days, she had gathered enough wreaths and volunteers to make it happen.

Last year, there were about 3,300 graves, and this year there are more than 4,000. We expect about 800 new graves each year, so we need your support to continue this meaningful project in this and future years.

The Friends of the Central Texas Veterans Cemetery always appreciate monetary donations to purchase wreaths and welcome volunteers to prepare, lay, and pick up wreaths.

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please follow the ‘donate’ link in the right column.

If you would like to volunteer to prepare, lay, or pick up wreaths, please complete the volunteer sign-up form in the menu on the left, e-mail fctsvc@wreathsforvets.org or call (254) 690-4321.

Thank you for supporting this project and more importantly our veterans and their families.

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