Battell Elementary students honor veterans with Wreaths Across America

NOW: Battell Elementary students honor veterans with Wreaths Across America

MISHAWAKA, Ind. - Battell Elementary students embraced the spirit of giving by honoring veterans who've passed. 

Sixth grade students from Battell Elementary joined Wreaths Across America, Tuesday, to assist in unloading over 1,700 wreaths from semi-trucks. 

For Battell Elementary Teacher Eric Johnson, this experience was an opportunity for students to contribute to the community and be part of something bigger than themselves. 

"Kids are really excited to be a part of it, said Johnson, "They didn't realize how big of a deal it was until the police escorts showed up with 17,000 Christmas wreaths for our veterans, and then their eyes just lit up. They're so excited to be able to contribute to this for our community."

Non-profit organization, Wreaths Across America, has delivered wreaths at over 300 locations in every state, a number that continues to grow.

"Today in 2023 we have over 4,000 cemeteries nationwide that participate in Wreaths Across America where on one national day," said local coordinator Betty Page Keranen. "We take time out of our day, on a cold day, and we honor our veterans that are laid to rest at our local cemetery, Fairview Cemetery."

Wreaths Across America aims to teach younger generations about service, while providing a hands-on lesson. 

"As a mother, I'm very excited to have our Battell Bobcats out here unloading our semi-truck," said Keranen. "The teach aspect that Wreaths Across America offers to teach the children the value of freedom is just absolutely amazing."

A special ceremony will be hosted on Saturday, December 16 at Fairview Cemetary in Mishawaka. 

300 volunteers will participate in laying wreaths on veterans' graves. 

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