For 10 years now, Don and Joan Gulliksen have made a point to decorate the headstones at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. Established in 2000, the cemetery serves as the final resting place to more than 41,000 soldiers, including casualties of wars ranging from Vietnam to Iraq.
The Gulliksens did their part over the last decade to make sure as many headstones as possible donned wreaths for the holidays. Now, the husband and wife want to decorate all 40,000 of them.
The couple partnered with Wreaths Across America, an organization that decorates service member headstones. It costs $15 to sponsor one headstone, and the pair already raised enough money to cover 15,000. But in order to get all the headstones covered, they need to raise more by the Nov. 28 deadline.
“We just want to honor these men and women any way we can,” Don told KHOU. Once the organization receives the money, they prepare and deliver the wreaths. Then, volunteers plan to lay the wreaths at soldiers’ headstones on December 17.
If you’re interested in helping the Gulliksens, visit Wreaths Across America’s website. Once there, you can choose to donate money for a soldier’s wreath. Or, if you want to be even more hands-on, opt to help decorate the graves.