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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
  • Elisa Garza
  • After a stop at the house for a few days. It's time to get back on the road with my precious cargo. Here I come San Antonio!!!!!!
  • James Gordon
  • Just left Ft Sam cemetery WAA meeting and here is what you need to know for Saturday’s ceremony: 1) Go into the Winan Rd entrance (at the light) 2) ID will be checked 3) follow signs to temporary cemetery entrance (turn in and head straight to the pavilion. Parking is nearby) 4) Plan to be inside the cemetery before 9am or you will be waiting in line forever. 5) recommendation for sun screen, hats, gloves, and long sleeves. Wagons would be cool too. These wreaths will scratch you up otherwise. And the sun will burn. So be prepared. 6) Once you park you’ll be stuck in the cemetery for a few hours. 7) Plan On walking...a lot! A lot. CAR POOL IF YOU CAN!!!!
  • As the day draws nearer, Dec 15th, for The Wreaths Across America Truck Convoy and unload, from New Braunfels we are asking those that want to be part of the convoy to show up early. We will need time to get everyone in place. News coverage starts at 0645. If you want to watch the convoy come in, there are overpasses between New Braunfels and Starcrest exit that you can be on to watch us. We will leave New Braunfels at 0945. We have Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School-Selma Alumni that is a big supported and they are allowing the kids out to watch us go by. We should arrive at the cemetery a little after 10. This years convoy lead by Road captain Jerry Ramirez and American Legion Riders - South Central Texas along with other MC's, HOG chapters and independents will be an amazing sight. COME JOIN US AND BE PART OF THIS AMAZING TRIBUTE TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN LAID TO REST AT FT. SAM HOUSTON NATIONAL CEMETERY.
  • Its a wrap! Loaded to the back doors with 480 boxes of wreaths!
  • Im finally backed into loading spot and the loading has begun!
  • Saying thank you to the man that started this great project while I wait in the snowstorm to get loaded in maine with wreaths!
  • IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER.
  • ANOTHER BLESSING. Bobby Withrow will be there as well
  • ***!!!!! WE ARE SO BLESSED. PAM TRANSPORT. IS SENDING USE 4 MILITARY TRIBUTE TRUCKS WITH WREATHS.
  • Debbie Hayes Goff, Goff Alignment stay tuned
  • I have a volunteer crew coming from Chilis in the Forum. We are so excited to help with this event!
  • Would love to volunteer. So then you just show up. Can you work a section with a family member.
  • If you ride or know someone who does please invite them!
  • It's cold here in Grantville, PA where I have shut down for the night. But I heard it's pretty cold in New Braunfels with snow. OK HERE'S THE DEAL....it can do anything it wants up to Dec 14th. Then the weather need to clear up for the 15th and 16th. What do you think? Good idea?
  • Do volunteers need to sign a form before the day of? Or do we just show up?
  • Karen Hermann mark your calendar for the 16th!
  • where would I meet to help on the 15th? thank you
  • Internet and cell spotty her in Maine. Will post more tomorrow.
  • I will be there with Remembering Our Fallen From Texas Van...
  • God willing, I'll be there.