Wreaths Across America

posted Nov 7, 2014, 8:40 AM by Scott Dean   [ updated Sep 21, 2019, 8:45 PM ]

Remember the fallen; Honor those who serve; Teach our children the value of freedom.

Members of South Sound Composite Squadron and Peninsula Composite Squadron invite the public to sponsor remembrance wreaths for placement on the graves of veterans at Veterans' Home Cemetery (Port Orchard, Wash.) on December 16, to honor those who served the U.S. as well as current military members.

Our efforts coincide with tributes occurring simultaneously across the nation, including Arlington National Cemetery, where the initiative began 22 years ago with the placement of 5,000 wreaths donated by Morrell Worcester, owner of Harrington, Maine’s Worcester Wreath Co. In 2006, Worcester and his family formed Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit initiative that recognizes the courage and sacrifices of U.S. veterans by placing wreaths on the graves of the fallen during the year end holiday season.

As a major partner in Wreaths Across America for seven Decembers now, CAP has adorned memorials and veterans’ graves with evergreen wreaths to make sure the sacrifices of the nation’s soldiers are not forgotten. Last year, members of the public sponsored the placement of more than 325,000 wreaths at 700-plus cemetery or memorial sites across the U.S. and abroad. More than 600 CAP squadrons participated in last year’s Wreaths Across America ceremonies, in which wreaths were placed at cemeteries and memorials in all 50 states, as well as 20 locations overseas.

Wreaths Across America ceremonies are conducted largely by CAP wings and squadrons with the help of veterans’ organizations; private citizens; the Maine State Society of Washington, D.C., which annually assists with the laying of wreaths at Arlington; and the Patriot Guard Riders.

You can sponsor a wreath to be laid at Washington Veterans Home Cemetery in Port Orchard for $15. $5 of each wreath sponsorship goes to help the South Sound Composite Squadron provide uniforms and scholarships to our cadets and support our Emergency Services missions. To order, go to our Donation page.

CAP Color Guard at Wreaths Across America