Wreaths Across America honors Veterans at VA national cemeteries

Wreath-laying events scheduled for December 12


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Wreaths Across America

Evelyn Goski and her mother came to the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery for 2014’s Wreaths Across America with the Snowball Express. Texas’ Snowball Express organization provides families of military heroes who have died while on active duty with an all-expense paid trip to North Texas, hoping to make some new holiday memories. While here, Evelyn and her mother came to visit her father’s, SSG Christopher R Goski, gravesite and decorated a wreath donated by Wreaths Across America. (Photo courtesy Deparment of Veterans Affairs)

Tomorrow, national cemeteries across America will host this year’s Wreaths Across America event. Since 2006, volunteers from Veterans service organizations, the Civil Air Patrol and community groups have placed wreaths at VA’s national cemeteries and state Veterans cemeteries. But tradition began in 1992 when the Worcester Wreath Company donated wreaths for gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Civil Air Patrol is coordinating ceremonies around the country as part of Wreaths Across America. All 133 VA national cemeteries receive at least seven wreaths, one for each service branch, one for the Merchant Marine and one for prisoners of war and those missing in action.

To find the ceremony nearest you, visit the National Cemetery Administration’s events page.

Check out some of the photos from last year’s event on our Flickr page.

For more, on Wreaths Across America, watch the video below from one of the previous Wreaths Across America event at Arlington National Cemetery.

Are you attending a wreath-laying event at one of VA’s national cemeteries? If so, post your photos on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #HonoringVets and we may share it.

 

Author

Megan Moloney

— Megan joined VA in May 2013. She is the daughter, granddaughter and spouse of Army and Navy Veterans who served in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Comments

  1. Veronica palacio    

    Is it too late to donate a wreath for our dad he didn’t receive one last year(we didn’t know about this site) and also can we show up tomorrow morning o volunteer at Dallas where he’s located? Would love to this is the 2nd year and we will happily take him a wreath again but would still love to volunteer. Veronica palacio

  2. Lynn V Shindel    

    To bad you never mentioned Sons & Daughters Pearl Harbor Survivors in your article . The ” motto of Pearl Harbor Survivors Association is” Keep America Alert”. Motto of Sons & Daughters is ” Lest We Forget”. We have members who were children on Dec.7,1941.

  3. James Harrell    

    Thank you to all who remember those of us who have given our time, talents, skills, treasures and lives for the protection of our country. We did not do it for credit, we did it because we love the country we live in and the principles it stands for.

    Thank you.

  4. ClaireatMisterSparky    

    Thank you to all who have served or are currently serving. Really beautiful wreaths.

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