The hallowed marble rows of headstones at Fort Logan National Cemetery were brightened the week before Christmas, as volunteers with Wreaths Across America honored the dead with bow-festooned balsam pine wreaths.
“It's a patriotic opportunity to come give thanks,” said Troy Nevergall, one of dozens of volunteers who helped lay more than 11,000 wreaths at the cemetery over the course of three days.
Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit that seeks to show admiration for veterans, began at Arlington National Cemetery, and this year had 2,557 participating locations.
Two of Nevergall's grandparents lay beneath headstones at Fort Logan.
“Partly this is about coming here to be part of this beautiful place,” he said of the cemetery. “The solace and reverence you experience here are hard to put into words.”
Some have tried. As the volunteers combed the grounds, snow crunching underfoot, the final stanza of Theodore O'Hara's poem “Bivouac of the Dead” came to mind:
“Nor wreck, nor change, nor winter's blight,
Nor Time's remorseless doom,
Shall dim one ray of glory's light
That gilds your deathless tomb.”
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