Wreaths Across America Event to Honor Vets at US VA.Gov National Cemeteries
December 15, 2017, 11:15:00 AM
USA — This Saturday, Dec. 16, volunteers will place holiday wreaths to honor and remember America’s US Veterans at more than 100 U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs (Vet Affairs) 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 Vets cemeteries in 2006.
“This annual tribute to our nation’s Vets is more than just a patriotic activity,” said Vet Affairs Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “Wreaths Across America is an opportunity for Veterans Affairs to partner with key organizations as we honor those laid to rest in VA’s cemeteries.”
Each year, VA’s 135 VA.Gov 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 US Vets 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 Vets Affairs national cemetery Dec. 16 to help place wreaths and honor the nation’s Unites States Veterans this holiday season.
For a listing of Wreaths Across America ceremonies at VA’s national cemeteries, visit https://www.cem.va.gov/ceremony/2017_Wreaths_Across_America.asp.
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