BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — A local high school student is honoring those who have fallen before us in a unique way.
“I’m applying to the air force academy or all the academies. I want to be in the military someday and be an officer,” said Bentonville High Student Elizabeth Lamey, the founder of Wreaths Across America in Benton County.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
“My father was in the army, my grandfather was in the army, my aunt and uncle were in the navy and then my two great grandparents were in the navy and fought in Korea and World War II.”
That’s why Lamey’s passion lies deep.
“Every year at Christmas time wreaths are laid on veterans graves and it’s to honor them and to give them something special on Christmas time, and to also honor their family who have lost a loved one.”
She’s on a mission to bring Wreaths Across America right here to Bentonville cemetery.
“I was at the Fayetteville Cemetery and I was thinking to myself, why aren’t we doing this in Bentonville?Just because they’re not buried at a national cemetery doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be honored even though they didn’t choose to be buried there,” Lamey said.
With more than 500 veterans buried in this cemetery, it’s no small task. “I don’t know how many hours, but numerous hours trying to contact people and going out and asking for donations and grants and applying to the grants”
But with her determination and the Bentonville community standing behind her, this symbol of appreciation is timeless.
“I’d like this to continue this year through year and become an annual thing,” Lamey said.
Lamey is about half-way towards her goal of a little more than $8,000 and any other funds raised will be going to other cemeteries in the county.