Wreaths Across America event to honor Veterans at VA national Cemeteries


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This Saturday, Dec. 16, volunteers will place holiday wreaths to honor and remember America’s Veterans at more than 100 VA national cemeteries as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event.

Now in its 12th year at VA national cemeteries and state Veterans cemeteries, the Wreaths Across America campaign was created by the Worcester Wreath Co. when it began donating wreaths to VA’s national cemeteries and state Veterans cemeteries in 2006.

“This annual tribute to our nation’s Veterans is more than just a patriotic activity,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “Wreaths Across America is an opportunity for VA to partner with key organizations as we honor those laid to rest in VA’s cemeteries.”

Each year, VA’s 135 VA national cemeteries receive the following: at least seven wreaths, to include one for each of the five branches of the military, one for the Merchant Marines and one for prisoners of war and those missing in action. Additionally, community and Veterans service organizations as well as local businesses have raised money for additional holiday, or “remembrance wreaths” for gravesites.

The Wreaths Across America ceremonies align with VA’s National Cemetery Administration’s mission to increase public awareness by sharing the stories of America’s Veterans through research, education and community commemoration.

All are encouraged to visit a VA national cemetery Dec. 16 to help place wreaths and honor the nation’s Veterans this holiday season.

For a listing of Wreaths Across America ceremonies at VA’s national cemeteries, visit the National Cemetery Administration’s website.

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. Valerie Smith    

    I look forward to participating with Wreaths Across America, at the Arlington National Ceremony. The BC Veterans Alumni Network will be meeting at the McCellan Gate at 8:30 am, and I will be sharing in wreath layings with my fellow alumni and friends. Hope to see others and share in the salute to our deceased veterans.

  2. Kathi Polz    

    I was one of the volunteers that help place over 2,700 wreaths at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
    The ceremony was inspirational and conducted by a Civil Air Patrol Squadron. As we laid the wreaths, we said the
    person’s name as a way to honor them. I just wish it got more press so that there would be more donations. As a
    retiree, it is important to remember those who have served.

  3. Bob Barber    

    I certainly hope that this organization is not laying wreaths at the graves of our Jewish comrades.

  4. laurie reney    

    Unfortunately not all graves received wreaths. Very sad, was it lack of funding?

  5. Henry Stallings    

    I wasn’t able to be at ANC, but a friend placed a wreath on my Army Wifes grave and he took a video and posted it for me. Very Special friend.

  6. Michael K. Tyson    

    Why is this just being advertised after the fact? My Dad is buried in a National Cemetery and I would loved to have been a part of this.

  7. Alan Sherman    

    These are not holiday wreaths since they are in Christmas colors. Why not red, white and blue which are national colors?

  8. James R Daley    

    This was my first year to participate with the laying of wreaths. I was awestruck with the wonderful attendance by Houstonians at The Veterans National Cemetery! Being a veteran myself, I felt very humble and blessed to be able to help. Thanks to the volunteer drivers who made the long drive to make the wreaths be on time! The local support from Houstonians was very, very much appreciated.

    James R Daley, MSgt, USAF Retired

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