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4-H club honors veterans at Quincy National Cemetery

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Adams County 4-H members spent their Saturday at the Quincy National Ceremony, laying wreaths on headstones as part of the Wreaths Across movement.

"They have really brought out the whole community in this, and we're so thankful for all of the support that they've gotten and we wouldn't have had it any other way," said Adams County 4-H Program Coordinator Betsy Bauer.

Bauer said it took a lot of work from the kids to make the event come together, collecting donations from local businesses and organizations to pay for hundreds of wreaths.

She said Ursa Willing Workers 4-H club vice president Annabelle Schaffnit helped spearhead the project.

"We just touched 562 lives of someone we don't even know so that's just a warm feeling," said Annabelle.

Veterans at the event said it's an honor to see so many people coming out to help place wreaths.

"Things have changed so much from when I returned from Vietnam, they're honoring all the military people, and I just get thank you's all the time and everybody else does too, I just really appreciate what they're doing for us," said Vietnam Veteran Kenneth Schaffnit

Kenneth came out to the event to watch Annabelle and the rest of his grand-kids help place wreaths.

"I don't have words for that, it's great," laughed Kenneth through tears reflecting on the event.

Annabelle said it's people like her grandfather that motivated her to help make this happen.

"There's a lot of veterans in my family so it's just a way that I can give it back," she said.

The club raised over $5,600 to pay for the wreaths.

Organizers with the Ursa Willing Workers 4-H club said this is something they hope to do again in the future.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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