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Community invited to honor Nation’s Heroes during annual Wreaths Across America

Volunteers will again place holiday wreaths to honor and remember our nation’s Veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Fort Bliss National Cemetery on Saturday, December 14.

“This annual tribute to our nation’s veterans is more than just a patriotic activity,” said Jamie Porter, National Cemetery director. “Wreaths Across America is an opportunity for VA to partner with key organizations as we honor those laid to rest in VA’s cemeteries.”

Volunteers at Fort Bliss and around the country will place holiday wreaths to honor and remember America’s veterans at more than 100 VA national cemeteries, in addition to Arlington National Cemetery and state veteran cemeteries, as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event.

The Wreaths Across America ceremonies align with VA’s National Cemetery Administration’s mission to increase public awareness by sharing the stories of America’s veterans through research, education, and community commemoration.

Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company, was a 12-year-old paper boy when he won a trip to Washington D.C. The experience was one he would never forget, and Arlington National Cemetery made an especially indelible impression on him.

In 1992, Worcester Wreath found themselves with a surplus of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season. Recalling his boyhood trip, Worcester worked to place wreaths in the older sections of the cemetery that had been receiving fewer visitors with each passing year.

The annual tribute went on quietly for several years, until 2005, when a photo of the stones at Arlington, adorned with wreaths and covered in snow, circulated around the internet.

WHAT:      The Fort Bliss National Cemetery partners with Wreaths Across America to hold the annual holiday wreath-laying ceremony honoring and remembering our nation’s veterans.

WHEN:      Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m.

WHERE:   Fort Bliss National Cemetery, 5200 Fred Wilson Avenue