Wreaths Across America

Monday, November 26, 2012

Members from all branches of service participate in the annual Wreaths Across America event. Photo by Auxiliarist Brad Simpson

On Saturday, December 15 the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Albemarle, NC will participate once again in the Wreaths Across America ceremonies.  The mission of Wreaths Across America is to Remember, Honor and Teach.  The program is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.

Article by Brad Simpson, Auxiliary Public Affairs Officer

Arlington National Cemetery performs 27 to 30 funeral services each day. The grounds of Arlington National Cemetery honor those who have served our nation by providing a sense of beauty and peace for our guests. The rolling green hills are dotted with trees that are hundreds of years in age and complement the gardens found throughout the 624 acres of the cemetery. This impressive landscape serves as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual laid to rest within the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.

In addition to the wreath laying at Arlington, Wreaths Across America also organizes a week of events including international veteran’s tributes and ceremonies at State Houses. A week-long “Veteran’s Parade” between Maine and Virginia is held annually where they stop along the way to spread the message about the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.

The week of events is made possible by thousands of volunteers, including the Coast Guard Auxiliary who organize local ceremonies, provide wreaths and participate in the various events. Wreaths Across America receives no government funding. The cost of the programs are paid by individual wreaths sponsors, corporate donors and volunteer truckers. They also coordinate veteran services and recognition through a variety of programs, and provide schools with teaching aides for projects throughout the year.

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  1. Marshall Gautier says:

    Flotilla 054-26-07 continues to promote the Coast Guard objective of making the public more aware of the Coast Guard and offering boating safety to the general public. As a member of 07 our objectives often face a multitude of obstacles in getting the Coast Guard objective out to the public.

    Our next two projects are Christmas parade and Wreath laying in Albemarle N.C. I am proud to be a part of this Flotilla and will continue to promote the Coast Guard Aux. objective.


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