Wreaths Across America Day to honor veterans at Miramar National Cemetery

On Saturday, Dec. 15, at 9 a.m. community members will gather to honor veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day.

Jack Harkins, USMC Retired, will conduct the WAA ceremony at Miramar National Cemetery. Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember all soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who served, honor their sacrifices, and teach our younger generations about the high cost of our freedoms.

Specially designated wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and POW/MIA will be placed on memorials during a ceremony that will be coordinated simultaneously at over 750 participating locations across the country.

About 1,500 wreaths are slated for delivery to Miramar National Cemetery. Sponsorships received after Nov. 26 will be applied to 2013 events.

In 2012, it is projected that over 400,000 wreaths will be placed nationwide, by over 150,000 volunteers as part of the Wreaths Across America mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach.

The Wreaths Across America story began over 20 years ago when the Worcester Wreath Company from Harrington, Maine initiated a tradition of donating and placing wreaths on the headstones of our Nation’s fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery.

Recognition of the service and sacrifice of our veterans, and their families, is especially poignant during the traditional holiday season.

Worcester Wreath Company continues to be a major supporter of the project, donating over 30,000 total wreaths in 2011. Over 400,000 wreaths will be sponsored by individuals, businesses, and groups from communities nationwide. Wreaths will be placed in all 50 states from Maine to Alaska and Hawaii, and at 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil.

If you would like to sponsor a wreath, or would like more information about events planned for your community, please email Bettybob Williams at for more information.