Volunteers will place over 5,000 holiday wreaths to honor and remember our nation’s Veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Fort Bliss National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 15.
“This wreath laying ceremonies help us continue the mission of maintaining national cemeteries as national shrines, sacred to the honor and memory of those interred or memorialized here,” said cemetery director Jamie Porter. “It is a great way for the community to come together to pay our respects during the holiday season.”
The Civil Air Patrol, El Paso Composite Squadron arranges the wreath-laying ceremony with assistance from local citizens and other Veterans service organizations as a part of Wreaths Across America.
All 135 VA national cemeteries receive at least seven wreaths, one for each service branch, one for the Merchant Marine and one for Prisoners of War and those Missing In Action (POW/MIA).
This is the 13th year of Wreaths Across America, a nationwide program which distributes holiday wreaths as a tribute to Veterans laid to rest at VA national cemeteries and state Veterans cemeteries. It is also the 27th year that the Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, who will take holiday wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery.
Through this program, company president Morrill Worcester seeks to recognize Veterans, active duty military and their families. His goal is to remind the public to remember the Veterans, honor their service, and teach children the value of freedom.
The main gate will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 14 and will re-open at 7 a.m. Saturday, December 15 in support of the Wreaths Across America Ceremony held at 10 a.m.
For more information about this event, call the cemetery administration office at 915-564- 0201 or visit the Wreaths Across America Web site.