BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - More than 1,000 green wreaths now lay at the foot of veteran's graves at the Beaufort National Cemetery. Vietnam Veteran Ron Voegeli and his wife Sandy helped organize the project here as part of a national campaign called "Wreaths Across America."
"It's at 230 National Cemeteries in the U.S. and 24 off-shore," said Ron Voegeli.
With more than 17,000 veterans are buried on the grounds. The Voegeli's want to do all they can to honor their sacrifices this holiday season.
"It's a great opportunity to pay tribute to our fallen heroes, let them know we still respect them," said Ron.
They're doing just that, one wreath at a time.
"We set up booths and sold wreaths to a lot of people," said Sandy. "I put it on facebook and a lot of friends responded. People that have been gone from Beaufort for about 50 years sent money for wreaths for the graves."
The local Disabled American Veterans adopted this project as a fundraiser with the proceeds benefiting local veterans in our community.
"We took it on as a fundraiser because we needed to purchase a new van," said Ron. "The van we have now is 10 years old and has almost 200,000 miles on it."
They're hoping this effort will continue to grow and make a difference.
"I would love to see every grave here have a wreath on it," said Ron.
For all they do for our veterans, we at WTOC salute Ron and Sandy Voegeli.