On Dec. 16, Wreaths Across America celebrates its 12th year of placing remembrance wreaths on the graves of the fallen at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. The event is free and open to the public.
Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization that recognizes U.S. military veterans who have guarded and preserved America’s freedom. By placing remembrance wreaths on the graves of military veterans during the holiday season, the organization seeks to remember, honor and teach others about the courage and sacrifices of the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces.
Volunteers and wreath sponsors help to make this annual event possible.
For more information on how to sponsor wreaths or volunteer, visit wreathsacrossamerica.org and click on the red “Donate” or “Volunteer” buttons, or call (877) 385-9504. Wreath sponsorship starts at $15. Individual, family and corporate sponsorships are available. Orders received by Monday, Nov. 27 will be honored. Orders received after that date will be credited to next year’s event.
Last year, volunteers from the following organizations helped place more than 2,500 wreaths throughout Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery: Missouri Wing Civil Air Patrol, Patriot Guard Riders, Gold Star Mothers, Blue Star Mothers, Sons of the American Revolution, Society of
Mayflower Descendants, Survivor Outreach Services, Honor Flight, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and students from local schools.
“We are forever grateful for the thousands of supporters who dedicate their time and effort to fulfilling our mission on a local level,” said Wreaths Across America Executive Director Karen Worcester. “They know the value of remembering the fallen, honoring those who currently serve and teaching the next generation about the sacrifices made for our freedom every day, and without their continued support, Wreaths Across America would not exist.”