Woodlawn Cemetery is happy to announce that they will be hosting the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit on Sunday August 8th, 2021, from 9 AM to 4 PM.
Each year, millions of Americans come together to REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those that serve and their families, and TEACH the next generation about the value of freedom. This gathering of volunteers and patriots takes place in local and national cemeteries in all 50 states – most recently at more than 2,000 participating locations – as part of National Wreaths Across America Day.
Each year, a new theme is chosen to help volunteers and supporters focus their messaging and outreach in their own communities. This year the theme is Live Up to Their Legacy.In addition,The United States Congress has commissioned Wreaths Across America to bestow on Vietnam Veterans the 50th Anniversary Lapel Pin.
The event is free and open to the public. 2021 will be Woodlawn Cemetery’s 3rd year as a participating cemetery. In 2020, Woodlawn Cemetery was able to place nearly 1500 wreaths on the graves of veterans for the holidays. This year, wreath sponsorships are available to the public for $15 and are made through the Woodlawn Cemetery Page on the WAA website through Sponsoring Organizations. Woodlawn Cemetery hopes to reach its goal of adorning the graves of all 2500 veterans interred here.
The Exhibit represents the TEACH pillar of the Wreaths Across America mission, sharing information about the veterans and those who serve our country, and how everyone can play a part in remembering and honoring them. Inside the 48-foot trailer, visitors will have an opportunity to explore, honor our fallen veterans and learn more about Wreaths Across America.
Wreaths Across America is a National Program that began in 1992 in Maine by Morrill Worcester of the Worcester Wreath Company when they had an abundance of wreaths. Those wreaths found a home on graves at Arlington National Cemetery. In 2020, more than 1.7 million wreaths were laid at nearly 2,500 participating cemeteries across the country and overseas. Their mission is to Remember. Honor. Teach.