Wreaths Across America Event to Honor Veteran at Veteran Affairs National Cemeteries
December 15, 2017, 11:15:00 AM
Washington — This Saturday, Dec. 16, volunteers will place holiday wreaths to honor and remember America’s US Vets at more than 100 U.S. Department of Vets Affairs (VA.Gov) national cemeteries as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event.
Now in its 12th year at Veterans Affairs national cemeteries and state US 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 US Veterans cemeteries in 2006.
“This annual tribute to our nation’s Vet is more than just a patriotic activity,” said Unites States VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “Wreaths Across America is an opportunity for Vets Affairs 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 Vet through research, education and community commemoration.
All are encouraged to visit a VA.Gov national cemetery Dec. 16 to help place wreaths and honor the nation’s USA 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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