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Volunteer at National Wreaths Across America Day 2017 | Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery | Friday, 15. December 2017

WREATH DEADLINE HAS PASSED. NO MORE WREATHS CAN BE PURCHASED FOR THIS YEARS CEREMONY. PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING NEXT YEAR!

***TIMES BELOW****
Dec 15: Meet at the Walnut Shopping Center across from HEB on walnut avenue in New Braunfels TX at 8:00am and follow us to the cemetery as a convoy.

Dec 16: Arrive at the cemetery around 9/9:30am. Ceremony starts promptly at 11am, but there will be only one way in and out of the cemetery due to construction so please come a lot earlier. It will get backed up. The ceremony takes place at the pavilion close to the cemetery offices. The ceremony will have a convoy to open up with the bikes and trucks, color guard, special music, and a guest speaker. Then instructions will be given by the site coordinator before we start laying wreaths. Please plan on being at the cemetery for a few hours.

Wreaths deadline for this year has passed but you can still donate (link at bottom of description) for next year.

**KIDS ARE WELCOMED WITH PARENT SUPERVISION**

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Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at over 1,200 national cemetery located in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad. This year National Wreaths Across America Day is December 16th, 2017. We here help deliver and lay wreaths at Ft. Sam Houston. This year my mother, myself, and some friends have decided to “adopt” a section of the cemetery where we have loved one’s laid to rest. The cemetery has over 135,000 people in it, but we haven’t had a year where enough wreaths are purchased, yet, to honor each and every one there. If we can get enough companies or people to raise funds for each section, maybe this year will be different. We could use your help in one of two ways (or both).

1) December 15th my mother will be leading a large convey with the volunteer truck drivers who will have our precious cargo of wreaths from New Braunfels to Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. This will be our third year of doing it. We have veteran motorcycle groups who join us on that convoy as well as regular civilian cars and trucks and jeeps. After we arrive at the cemetery we will need help unloading the cargo and getting them into cages to be staged around the cemetery for easy access on the following days ceremony.

2) December 16th will be our wreath laying ceremony at 11:00am at the pavilion inside Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. This usually lasts until 3pm or later. There is an official ceremony with special music, honor guard, taps, and a guest speaker. Then the volunteers are sent out throughout the cemetery to start laying wreaths on the sites and are encouraged to kneel and say the name out loud of the person being honored. Because they say “A person dies twice: once when they take their final breath, and later, the last time their name is spoken.”

We’d love you or your company to commit to purchase $15 wreaths for a designated section of the cemetery and/or to volunteer for the day(s). If you want to help us with our section we are starting with section 93 which is 757 brave soldiers to honor.

You can also purchase a wreath specifically for your loved one. I can help you locate their site number if you comment in the discussion.

Let me know how you’d like to help? All donations can be made online through our WAA page called "Community for Veteran Families" here: Cut off is Nov 27th.

https://wreaths.fastport.com/donateLocation.html?page=42658&relate=14959
Comments
  • The trucks have arrived in New Braunfels with our precious cargo!
  • I just found out about this and realized I missed the deadline to purchase a wreath. Am I still able to show up to Fort Sam and volunteer with the placement of all the wreaths? If so, where do I sign up?
  • I have my diseased daughter in law buried at Ft. Sam Houston. Julie Trantina Flournoy, wonderful mother and Christian! Had several heart operations as a baby and adolescent, died 9-29-16. Her soul is with our Lord.
  • Getting her all washed up!
  • Interested
  • Will we be ably to help with all wreaths or just those we purchase?
  • For those of you with children. The trucks will be staged at the TA Truck Stop in New Braunfels starting this afternoon Around 4 . BRING THE KIDS. TAKE SOME PICTURES. MEET THE DRIVERS.
  • God bless America ...Land that I love ...stand beside her and guide her
  • Wish I could go. My older brother and older sister are buried there. I’m stuck working 😢
  • What time should everyone be there?
  • Anyone going Sat from NB that would like to meet up?
  • PLEASE NOTE......IF YOU BRING FOOD OR DRINK PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU TAKE YOUR TRASH OUT WITH YOU.
  • I Will be there to honor my grandpa (Paw Paw). Thank You Volunteer at National Wreaths Across America Day 2017 for keeping me updated
  • Joyce Moore
  • I’m sorry I’m not going to be able to attend, I’m attending a funeral service 😥
  • Checotah Thunder-Horse
  • We are getting Wreath Across America signs put on the trailer. The TA shop is letting us use the big ladder.
  • Checotah Thunder-Horse
  • https://www.facebook.com/tom.landry.90/posts/1728595653827825
  • Looking forward to this being my first of Many Years to Volunteer with y’all Thanks Kindly for allowing me to Volunteer Blessed to be a Blessing
  • Is it too late to sign up to volunteer on Saturday?
  • Sandra Schrader we will be live streaming both days if you get ti e to watch.
  • https://www.facebook.com/karen.pooley.3/posts/2167824896564895
  • I can help saturday....