As members of the Lewis & Clark Young Marines, two Gresham brothers are asking residents to help them honor the spirit of the season by donating to Wreaths Across America, a national program that sells $15 wreath sponsorships.

For each sponsorship, a wreath is placed on the grave of a veteran or fallen soldier.

Joshua Meyer, 9, and his brother William Gatten-Holcombe, 13, hope to get at least 500 wreath sponsorships this year. For each tax-deductible sponsorship, the brothers will place a Christmas wreath on a veteran’s grave at Willamette National Cemetery on Dec. 15.

To purchase a sponsorship online, go to, click “sponsor a wreath” page and select the option that you would like to sponsor.

In the specific group section, click Oregon and in the “select a group” box select “Lewis & Clark Young Marines - ORLCYM01” so the brothers and their unit get credit for the donations.

“I think it’s important because that way people can recognize them,” William said. “When a Marine is in active duty, there’s one basic thought that they always think of. That if they do die, will they be remembered or if they’ll just fade away and be forgotten.”

The wreaths are a way to remember, he said.

“We’re celebrating Christmas for them even though they’re not here,” he added.

Their proud mother, Amber Meyer, said the wreaths are a way of honoring veterans beyond Memorial Day.

“It’s not fair that they’re alone and ignored during the winter holidays, which are all about family,” she said.

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