ELGIN — Fort Sill National Cemetery has roughly 1,000 wreaths on gravesites from the Wreaths Across America event that took place at the cemetery Dec. 11, according to Skyler Holmes, assistant director of the Fort Sill and Fort Gibson National Cemeteries.
“We plan to pick them all up at 9 a.m. Jan. 21 and would like to solicit help from the local community,” he said.
“To take this on with our crew of six while serving families and interring veterans, would take roughly a week to a week and a half to complete. With the help from our community, I believe we can accomplish this task in less than two hours. If you would be willing to help us with this effort, I would greatly appreciate it,” Holmes said.
The cemetery is at 2648 NE Jake Dunn Road. To reach the cemetery, take the H.E. Bailey Turnpike to Elgin (Exit 53). Go west on U.S. 277 for 2.6 miles. Turn south on Jake Dunn Road and go 1.1 miles. The cemetery is on the left.
An alternate route from Lawton is to take Exit 46 to Elgin (the last free exit) and follow the road that curves under Interstate 44. Keep straight, cross the railroad tracks and pass the Dolese quarry. Turn right on the first road, Glover Road. Go about two miles and turn right at the “T” intersection. The cemetery is on the left.