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KATY — While not the only youth organization working toward the goal of laying wreathes and respecting our nation’s deceased veterans at the Katy Magnolia Cemetery last Saturday, the scouts from Cypress’ Copperhead District and Firefly Trails Community filled most of the scout uniforms present at the Wreaths Across America event.

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from the Cypress and Katy areas helped lay wreaths and coins on the tombstones of veterans for the second year of the event.

Scouts from Cub Scout Packs 1150, 168, 1235, 494 and 1182, along with Girl Scouts from Troops 110025 and 129189, and Boy Scouts from Troops 3, 230 and 901 were in attendance.

Editor’s note: If we didn’t get your scout’s troop number, please message us and we’ll add it to this article.

The event began as Katelyn Nitsche’s Gold Award last year. The member of Girl Scout Troop 17384 started the event, which is one of only seven in an area stretching from Sealy to League City.

A map showing the locations of the seven closest Wreaths Across America events. (Wreaths Across America)

During last year’s inaugural event, there were thought to be approximately 330 veteran graves in the cemetery. However, the event drew out the local veteran groups, such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, who searched the cemetery for other fallen brothers and sisters. As a result, the count is now at 425 veteran graves at the Katy Magnolia Cemetery.

Other organizations that attended the ceremony include: Katy U.S. Air Force Recruiting, American Legion 164, National Charity League – Katy Chapter, Katy Taylor High School FFA, and the Lone Star Veterans Association.

Supporting organizations include: Way Out West Girl Scout Community, Katy Elks Lodge, VFW 9182, and The Houston Go Texan – Katy Subcommittee, a subcommittee of the Houston Livestock and Rodeo.

The event also drew an outstanding number of donations as there were 605 wreathes donated this year. If you wish to donate toward the 2019 wreath laying event, you can do so here.

The cleanup of the wreaths is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at 10 a.m. The organization is especially looking for volunteers with trucks to haul the wreaths to George Bush Park for recycling.

(Cypress News Review photo by Creighton Holub)
(Cypress News Review photo by Creighton Holub)
Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts (some are in both BSA and GSofA) are briefed on their duties at the 2018 Wreaths Across America event in Katy Magnolia Cemetery. (Cypress News Review photo by Creighton Holub)

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