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Honoring fallen soldiers with holiday wreaths

Giant/Martin’s continued its tradition of honoring fallen soldiers this holiday season by supporting the Sgt. Mac Wreath Project, which laid wreaths at the Gettysburg and Quantico national cemeteries. Volunteers, including Associates from stores #6307 and #6267, gathered in the parking lot of Gettysburg, PA, Giant Store #6267 to assemble 13,500 wreaths. This year, it took five Giant trailers from the Perishable Distribution Center to store the 225 bins of wreaths and 227 cases of bows.  Volunteers assembled the bows and wreaths and attached individual donation tags.

Giant made available refreshments for volunteers and  donated $2,500 to the Sgt. Mac Wreath Foundation. The assembled wreaths were then reloaded onto the trailers and were transported to the cemeteries, where volunteers and school children placed them on the graves of fallen heroes.

2017 was the 12th anniversary of the Sgt. Mac Wreath Project, and the 11th time the project was assembled in the parking lot of Giant Store #6267 in Gettysburg. The project began in honor of Gettysburg resident and Marine Sgt. Eric McColley, who was killed in the line of duty in 2006.

Volunteers Assemble Wreaths In The Parking Lot Of The Gettysburg, PA, GIANT
Volunteers Assemble Wreaths In The Parking Lot Of The Gettysburg, PA, GIANT
Putting Together The Bows And Wreaths For The Sgt. Mac Wreath Project
John McColley Addresses The Volunteers
A Volunteer Places A Wreath To Honor A Fallen Hero
About 1,000 Volunteers Helped Finish The Project At Quantico National Cemetery
Volunteers Assemble Wreaths In The Parking Lot Of The Gettysburg, PA, GIANT Putting Together The Bows And Wreaths For The Sgt. Mac Wreath Project John McColley Addresses The Volunteers A Volunteer Places A Wreath To Honor A Fallen Hero About 1,000 Volunteers Helped Finish The Project At Quantico National Cemetery