Community rallies to help replace stolen wreaths for veterans graves

Dozens gathered at the National Military Cemetery Sunday to lay out thousands of wreaths, many of which were assembled by volunteers who stepped up to replace the 3,000 wreaths destined for the graves of Canadian veterans that were stolen last week.

The stolen wreaths were made from wild grapevines and were taken from the Maxville property of Robert and Jodie Tessier Nov. 28. Volunteers came forward to produce and decorate new wreaths with fir tree boughs, ribbon and red berries this weekend.

Nick McCarthy, vice president with Wreaths Across Canada and director of marketing and community outreach with the Beechwood Cemetery, where the National Military Cemetery is located, said Sunday the theft amounted to a loss of about $20,000, but that the group couldn’t be “more moved” by the help of the volunteers.

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