VA National Cemetery Hosts Wreaths Across America

Dec 22, 2016

A U.S. Air Force airman salutes the grave of a veteran after he’s laid a wreath at the V.A. National Cemetery in Hot Springs, S.D. in 2015.
Credit Courtesy Black Hills National Cemetery
The Black Hills National Cemetery is taking part in the 10th annual holiday Wreaths Across America.  The event held on Friday is a wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember our nation’s military veterans. The public is invited to attend the Wreaths Across American ceremony at Sturgis.
The Worcester Wreath Company has donated wreaths for grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery since 1992. Located in Maine, the company created the Wreaths Across America campaign in 2006 and began donating holiday wreaths in tribute to veterans laid to rest at Veterans Administration national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries. 
The public is invited to the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony that takes place at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis.
Credit Courtesy Black Hills National Cemetery
Adrienne Benton is director of the national cemeteries located in Sturgis and in Hot Springs. 

“There’s a small ceremony here at the cemetery where we discuss what Wreaths Across American is and what it means to our veterans in remembering them,” explains Benton. “Then there’s a ceremonial placement of each of the branches of service wreaths. Then we ask the volunteers that are out there for the ceremony to help us take wreaths and go place the throughout the cemetery.”

Benton notes that the mission of Wreaths Across American is to remember, to honor and to teach.

“I really like the saying they have on their web site,” Benton comments. “It says a person dies twice. Once when they take their final breath…and later the last time their name is spoken.”

Volunteers taking part in the placement of wreaths throughout the cemeteries are asked to say the name of the veteran whose grave they’ve chosen so that his or her legacy may be remembered once again.

*Note - This ceremony was originally scheduled for Dec. 17, 2016 but was postponed due to severe weather conditions. A similar ceremony  at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Hot Springs - also scheduled for Dec. 17, 2016 - was held on Dec. 18, 2016.

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Holiday Wreath-laying to Honor Veterans

 

What:   Black Hills National Cemetery will host Wreaths Across America, a holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember our nation’s Veterans. The Knights of Columbus, Veterans service organizations and citizens are coordinating the event to honor Veterans of each branch of the military, the Merchant Marines as well as Prisoners of War and those still Missing in Action (POW/MIA).

 

Who:  Members of the Knights of Columbus, representatives from the military services, Veterans and their families.

                       

                          When:  Dec. 23, 2016, at 8:00 a.m.

 

                          Where:              Black Hills National Cemetery

                                                     Address:  20901 Pleasant Valley Drive, Sturgis SD  57785

                

                           Contact:            Adriene Benton, Cemetery Director

                                                             Office: 605-347-3830