It started in Worcester, Maine with an idea by the Worcester Wreath Company that the headstones of our nation’s veterans at Arlington National Cemetery be adorned with holiday wreaths
Over two decades later and the program has spread to over 570 national, state and local cemeteries across the country. In 2009, wreath laying ceremonies were conducted in 24 foreign countries as well.
The tradition continues.
The Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club will again this year, conduct the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Culpeper National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 15, starting at noon. All are welcome to attend and to help lay wreaths. Wreath laying will begin at 9:30 a.m. for those who would like to help.
The ceremony is to remember those who served, honor their sacrifices, and teach younger generations about the high price of our freedoms. Specially made wreaths for Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and POW/MIA will be placed on memorials during this unique ceremony that is coordinated simultaneously at over 600 participating locations all across the country and around the world.
In addition to these ceremonial wreaths, this chapter along with the Monticello Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol VA-091, the Ladies Auxiliary Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 2524, the Renegade Pigs Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and the Washington DC Pipes and Drums have joined with Wreaths Across America to promote sponsored wreaths that also will be placed on veterans graves in designated sections of the new, numbered cemetery off of Chandler Street.
All of the sponsorship wreaths will be placed prior to the official ceremony.
This year, organizers are hoping to double the impact of last year when 400 sponsored wreaths were placed.
Sponsorships can be purchased through their website, using PAYPAL; mailing the sponsorship form directly to Wreaths Across America; or by going to the Wreaths Across America website (www.wreathsacrossamerica.org).
Grave specific requests cannot be accommodated but, as in the past, additional wreaths will be ordered for purchase on site that may be placed by an individual.
All sponsored wreaths will be delivered to the Location Lead Group (Blue Knights Virginia-II) at one time. They normally get the final account one to two days before delivery, which is only a few days before the ceremony.
Wreaths Across America
Wreaths can be purchased online at www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org or checks made payable to:
Wreaths Across America TM
Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 2524
9356 Taylor Lane
Culpeper, VA 22701
Cost is $15 per wreath.
For more information or to learn how you can help volunteer to place wreaths, contact 540-825-5866 or 540-727-0313.
Paul Domingoes is the Chair of the Project and can be reached at 571-237-1203 for more information. Another contact is Keith Chase,
Secretary – Blue Knights Virginia-II. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.bkva-ii.org or 703-893-1823