FLINT TWP. — Under the leadership of Commander Thomas Kish at the Michigan State Police – Flint Post, several local law enforcement partners joined together to assist with the 2016 Wreaths Across America event at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly on Saturday, Dec. 17, according to a press release.
When Genesee County Walmart stores reached out for assistance with traffic and help with a caravan traveling to the cemetery, all departments were excited and proud to be part of this program that honors veterans buried at the cemetery.
More than 5,000 people were expected to visit the cemetery to help place wreaths on the graves.
The goal for The Great Lakes National Cemetery each year is to raise enough funds to place remembrance wreaths on all the headstones and say the names of all the local heroes laid to rest there, to ensure that the individuals who served to protect the freedoms of our country are not, and never will be, forgotten.
One Walmart truck carrying the wreaths made the honorary trip from a local store to the cemetery under police escort. Thousands of veterans’ graves at the cemetery are now decorated for the holiday season with a red-ribboned wreath, thanks to escorts from the Flint Township Police Department, Michigan State Police Flint Post, Burton Police Department, Grand Blanc Township Police Department, Grand Blanc City Police Department, Flint Police Department, and Genesee County Sheriff Office.
Holly Police and representatives from Oakland and Livingston County also sent vehicles to help with traffic and safety.
Information on how to support the local Wreaths Across America program or make a donation can found at: https:// wreaths.fastport.com/donateLocation.html? page=16194