Every year, just before Christmas, thousands of service men and women’s graves are adorned with holiday wreaths at the Riverside National Cemetery. “Wreaths Across America” IS a non-profit national program dedicated to honoring and remembering those who sacrificed for their Country.
“Wreaths Across America” was started by one man and his desire to honor his Country’s veterans. Morrill Worchester, the owner of Worchester Wreath Company, was inspired by a trip he took as a young boy to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C.
The site of the national cemetery reminded him that his good fortune was due, in large part, to the sacrifices made by military service men and woman. Worchester began by placing wreaths on headstones in the Arlington National Cemetery, but after a photo went viral of the wreaths, the charity has gone from a small project in 1992, to a national program dedicated to remembering veterans during the holiday season.
In 2014, “Wreaths Across America” and its national network of volunteers laid over 700,000 memorial wreaths in 1,000 different locations in the United States and abroad. All of this made possible with the 2,047 fundraising group, corporate contributors, and the donations of trucking, shipping, and thousands of volunteers.
The Civil Air Patrol organizes the “Wreaths Across America” event every year at the Riverside National Cemetery with assistance from the RNCSC.
The wreaths are provided by any individual who is willing to donate or any corporate donations. Wreaths are $15 and will be delivered and placed at the national cemetery of your choice, such as the Riverside National Cemetery. The annual wreath-laying event is held on either the second or third Saturday during the month of December.
To donate wreaths to the Riverside National Cemetery click here, sponsor as many wreaths that you can fit into your budget to help us decorate the Riverside National Cemetery in holiday wreaths.
The Riverside National Cemetery will also host a ceremony to kick off the event. It is open to the public who are welcome to assist placing wreaths. Attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately as it is a formal event; wear slacks, button shirts, and dresses. The military and retired military are invited to wear the appropriate uniform.