Fountain cemetery joins national veteran wreath program
Last updated 11/10/2021 at 4:22pm
For the first time, the Fountain Fairview Cemetery is participating in Wreaths Across America, a national fundraising program to honor veterans with beautiful fresh evergreen wreaths on veterans' graves in December.
Although this local cemetery is the final resting place for numerous veterans, and many people make an effort to give them special recognition on Memorial Day and throughout the year, it has not yet participated in the well-known Wreaths Across America.
"We have 218 veterans' graves," said Amber Bradish, co-chair of the Friends of the Fountain Fairview Cemetery. "Our goal is 218. So far, we have 28 wreaths."
Fountain Fairview Cemetery is located at 757 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Wreaths Across America is a holiday campaign in which individuals or organizations sponsor and place wreaths to honor those who have served in the U.S. military, from the Revolutionary War to present-day conflicts. The program includes Arlington National Cemetery and more than 2,500 locations in the United States, at sea and abroad.
Several other cemeteries in the Colorado Springs region, such as Pikes Peak National Cemetery, Memorial Gardens, Fairview Cemetery and Evergreen Cemetery – already participate in the program.
Volunteers need help sponsoring wreaths, which are $15 each. On Wreaths Across America Day, Dec. 18, there is a coordinated effort to lay the wreaths at all participating locations.
If you would like to sponsor a wreath for Fountain Fairview Cemetery, please follow these directions. The deadline is Nov. 30.
Order online through this direct link: http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/CO0227P
Click the red button that says "Sponsor Wreaths."
Select the # of wreaths to sponsor AND the location you want them delivered to.
Add other options (Grave Specific Request, etc.), as desired.
Click "Review My Sponsorships" to complete the checkout process with a credit/debit card, Google Pay, or Paypal. Be sure to verify that your group ID and location ID are listed next to the items in your shopping cart PRIOR to submitting your order.
Group Name: Friends of Fountain Fairview Cemetery
Group ID: CO0227P
Location Name: Fountain Fairview Cemetery
Location ID: COFFCC
If you would like to pay by check or cash instead, contact Amber Bradish at 719-491-8542 or any committee member.
The Friends of Fairview Cemetery, currently chaired by Dorothy Boyd, works to protect and preserve headstones of the Fountain Fairview Cemetery in Fountain. This association of volunteers formed in 2012 as a result of vandalism to headstones at the cemetery, many of which have historical significance.
The purpose of this group is to optimize the cemetery's potential as a cultural resource through education, preservation, protection and promotion of Fountain Fairview Cemetery's unique heritage, including tours and special events to raise funds for the cemetery.
The organization hosts events to educate the people of the history of Fountain and the importance of cemeteries. Recently the group held an open house and organized a series of headstone cleaning days.
On Nov. 18 there will be another opportunity to meet with Friends of Fairview Cemetery members and learn about the organization's mission and the Wreaths Across America event. The event will be at Peaks N Pines, 212 W. Illinois Ave., from 4-6 p.m.
The Wreaths Across America laying of wreaths at veterans' graves will be Dec. 18.
Go to http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org for more information