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Holiday Wreaths to Honor Veterans at VA National Cemeteries

December 7, 2011

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Holiday Wreaths to Honor Veterans at VA National Cemeteries

WASHINGTON – Volunteers will place holiday wreaths at Department of Veterans Affairs national cemeteries on Saturday, Dec. 10, to honor the Nation’s Veterans.  

“This generous gesture to remember our Veterans at this time of year shows that Americans cherish the service and sacrifice of these heroes,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.  “The volunteers who turn out for this event show America’s heartfelt, true holiday spirit.” 

At most locations, the Civil Air Patrol organizes wreath-laying ceremonies with assistance from local citizens and Veterans service organizations.  All 131 VA national cemeteries receive wreaths, one for each military service branch, one for the Merchant Marines and one for prisoners of war and those missing in action.  

This is the sixth year that Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, is distributing wreaths to all VA national cemeteries and state Veterans cemeteries in a nationwide program called Wreaths Across America.  It is the 20th year that the Company -- which created the program -- will send thousands of wreaths to be placed at individual gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery and other locations across the country.  Company President Morrill Worcester seeks to recognize Veterans, active duty military and their families, and his goal is to remind the public to remember Veterans and teach children the value of freedom.

Community organizations, school groups and individuals have been purchasing and placing wreaths at Veterans cemeteries across the country for several years and hundreds are expected to do so again this week.

For more information about the event at local national and state Veterans cemeteries, call the cemetery’s administration office, or visit the VA Web site at http://www.cem.va.gov/ or the Wreaths Across America Web site at http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/.

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VA National Cemeteries Participating in Wreaths Across America

ALABAMA 

Alabama National Cemetery
Montevallo, AL

Fort Mitchell National Cemetery
Seale, AL

ALASKA   

Fort Richardson National Cemetery
Fort Richardson, AK

Sitka National Cemetery
Sitka, AK

ARIZONA 
National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
Phoenix, AZ

Prescott National Cemetery
Prescott, AZ

ARKANSAS 
Fayetteville National Cemetery
Fayetteville, AR

Fort Smith National Cemetery
Fort Smith, AR

Little Rock National Cemetery
Little Rock, AR

CALIFORNIA

Bakersfield National Cemetery
Arvin, CA 

 

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego, CA 

 

Golden Gate National Cemetery
San Bruno, CA

Los Angeles National Cemetery
Los Angeles, CA

Miramar National Cemetery
San Diego, CA

Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside, CA 

 

Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
Dixon, CA

San Francisco National Cemetery
San Francisco, CA

San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery
Gustine, CA

COLORADO

Fort Logan National Cemetery
Denver, CO

Fort Lyon National Cemetery
Las Animas, CO 

 

FLORIDA  

Barrancas National Cemetery
Pensacola, FL

Bay Pines National Cemetery
Bay Pines, FL

Florida National Cemetery
Bushnell, FL

 

Jacksonville National Cemetery
Jacksonville, FL

 

 

Sarasota National Cemetery
Sarasota, FL 

 

South Florida National Cemetery
Lake Worth, FL

St. Augustine National Cemetery

St. Augustine, FL

GEORGIA 

Georgia National Cemetery
Canton, GA 


Marietta National Cemetery
Marietta, GA 


HAWAII
  

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Honolulu, HI 

 

ILLINOIS 

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
Elwood, IL 

 

Alton National Cemetery
Alton, IL 

 

Camp Butler National Cemetery
Springfield, IL 

 

Danville National Cemetery
Danville, IL 

 

Mound City National Cemetery
Mound City, IL 

 

Quincy National Cemetery
Quincy, IL 

 

Rock Island National Cemetery
Rock Island, IL 


INDIANA
  

Crown Hill National Cemetery
Indianapolis, IN 

 

Marion National Cemetery
Marion, IN 


IOWA
  

Keokuk National Cemetery
Keokuk, IA

 

KANSAS 

Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery
Fort Leavenworth, KS 

 

Fort Scott National Cemetery
Fort Scott, KS 

 

Leavenworth National Cemetery
Leavenworth, KS


KENTUCKY
 

 Camp Nelson National Cemetery
Nicholasville, KY

 

Lebanon National Cemetery
Lebanon, KY

Mill Springs National Cemetery
Nancy, KY 

 

Zachary Taylor National Cemetery
Louisville, KY 


LOUISIANA
 

Alexandria National Cemetery
Pineville, LA 

 

Baton Rouge National Cemetery
Baton Rouge, LA 

 

Port Hudson National Cemetery
Zachary, LA 

 

MAINE  

Togus National Cemetery
Togus, ME

MARYLAND
  

Baltimore National Cemetery
Baltimore, MD

 

MASSACHUSETTS  

Massachusetts National Cemetery
Bourne, MA

MICHIGAN

Fort Custer National Cemetery
Augusta, MI 

 

Great Lakes National Cemetery
Holly, MI 

 

MINNESOTA 

Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Minneapolis, MN

MISSISSIPPI
  

Biloxi National Cemetery
Biloxi, MS

 

Corinth National Cemetery
Corinth, MS 

 

Natchez National Cemetery
Natchez, MS 


MISSOURI
  

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
St. Louis, MO

 

Jefferson City National Cemetery
Jefferson City, MO 

 

Springfield National Cemetery
Springfield, MO

NEBRASKA 

Fort McPherson National Cemetery
Maxwell, NE 

 


NEW JERSEY
 

Beverly National Cemetery
Beverly, NJ 

 

Finn's Point National Cemetery
Pennsville, NJ

NEW MEXICO
 

Santa Fe National Cemetery
Santa Fe, NM

NEW YORK
  

Bath National Cemetery
Bath, NY

 

Calverton National Cemetery
Calverton, NY 

 

Cypress Hills National Cemetery
Brooklyn, NY 

 

Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery
Schuylerville, NY 

 

Long Island National Cemetery
Farmingdale, NY 

Woodlawn National Cemetery
Elmira, NY

NORTH CAROLINA 

New Bern National Cemetery
New Bern, NC

Raleigh National Cemetery
Raleigh, NC 

 

Salisbury National Cemetery
Salisbury, NC 

 

Wilmington National Cemetery
Wilmington, NC 


OHIO
  

Dayton National Cemetery
Dayton, OH 

 

Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery
Rittman, OH

OKLAHOMA
  

Fort Gibson National Cemetery
Fort Gibson, OK 

 

Fort Sill National Cemetery
Elgin, OK

OREGON
  

Eagle Point National Cemetery
Eagle Point, OR

 

Roseburg National Cemetery
Roseburg, OR 

 

Willamette National Cemetery
Portland, OR

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
Annville, PA 

 

National Cemetery of the Alleghenies
Bridgeville, PA 

 

Philadelphia National Cemetery
Philadelphia, PA 

 

Washington Crossing National Cemetery
Newtown, PA 


PUERTO RICO

Puerto Rico National Cemetery
Bayamon, PR


SOUTH CAROLINA
 

Beaufort National Cemetery
Beaufort, SC 

 

Florence National Cemetery
Florence, SC

 

Fort Jackson National Cemetery
Columbia, SC


SOUTH DAKOTA
  

Black Hills National Cemetery
Sturgis, SD 

 

Hot Springs National Cemetery
Hot Springs, SD 

 

TENNESSEE  

Chattanooga National Cemetery
Chattanooga, TN 

 

Knoxville National Cemetery
Knoxville, TN 

 

Memphis National Cemetery
Memphis, TN 

 

Mountain Home National Cemetery
Mountain Home, TN 

 

Nashville National Cemetery
Madison, TN 


TEXAS
  

Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery
Dallas, TX

 

Fort Bliss National Cemetery
Fort Bliss, TX 

 

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio, TX

 

Houston National Cemetery
Houston, TX


VIRGINIA
  

Alexandria National Cemetery
Alexandria, VA 

 

Balls Bluff National Cemetery
Leesburg, VA

City Point National Cemetery
Hopewell, VA 

 

Culpeper National Cemetery
Culpeper, VA 

 

Danville National Cemetery
Danville, VA 

 

Fort Harrison National Cemetery
Richmond, VA

 

Hampton National Cemetery
Hampton, VA

 

Quantico National Cemetery
Triangle, VA

 

Richmond National Cemetery
Richmond, VA

 

Seven Pines National Cemetery
Sandston, VA 

 

Staunton National Cemetery
Staunton, VA

 

Winchester National Cemetery
Winchester, VA 


WASHINGTON
  

Tahoma National Cemetery
Kent, WA 


WEST VIRGINIA
 

Grafton National Cemetery
Grafton, WV 

 

West Virginia National Cemetery
Grafton, WV


WISCONSIN

Wood National Cemetery
Milwaukee, WI

 




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