BY BECKY GINOS
BOUNTIFUL—A national effort called “Wreaths Across America” prompted a Bountiful woman to honor two of her relatives killed in WWII by placing wreaths at a veterans wall in Woods Cross and on their graves in the Bountiful Cemetery last Saturday.
“I learned about it in the Valor Magazine,” said Marilyn Hatch Gutierrez. “My dad would talk about my uncles all the time. One uncle’s body came home, the other’s didn’t. There were three boys and both brothers were killed in WWII.”
Originally Gutierrez planned to place a wreath only at the Bountiful Cemetery but then thought of the wall. “I’ve seen the wall (in Woods Cross) numerous times and their names are on it,” she said. “I put flags there, especially on Memorial Day, to honor them so I felt it was fitting to put a wreath by the wall.”
Gutierrez commissioned Arvin’s Floral to create the wreaths in red, white and blue. “They will put the wreath by the wall and then go to the Bountiful Cemetery and put another one at my two uncles’ headstones,” she said. “I was so impressed by the Wreaths Across America that I thought this was something I could do.”