“Wreaths Across America,” a national wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember our nation’s Veterans will be held at all six Missouri State Veterans Cemeteries on Saturday, December 14. The St. James ceremony is scheduled for noon.
In 1992, the Worcester Wreath Company began donating wreaths to be placed at the headstones in Arlington National Cemetery. Building on this tradition, the company in 2006 began donating seven ceremonial wreaths to each state and national veterans cemetery in the country. Today, many individuals and organizations hold campaigns to purchase additional wreaths to be placed at headstones in these cemeteries. More information can be found at their website at http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/.
“This ceremony honors Veterans, Active Duty military, and their families by not forgetting, by remembering what they did and what they stood for,” said Larry D. Kay, Executive Director of the Missouri Veterans Commission, “We owe a great debt of gratitude to those who sacrificed their lives so we could live free and this is one small way to recognize that debt.”
Area residents are welcomed to attend the local wreath-laying ceremony. It will begin at noon Saturday at the St. James Missouri Veterans Home, which is located at 620 N. Jefferson.
The Missouri Veterans Commission operates seven State Veterans Homes, six State Veterans Cemeteries, and the Veterans Services Program. The Commission is committed to honoring and serving Missouri’s Veterans whose dedication and sacrifices have preserved our nation and its freedoms.
For more information about the Missouri Veterans Commission programs, call (573) 751-3779, online at www.mvc.dps.mo.gov or on Facebook.