The annual Wreaths Across America ceremony in Lynchburg has grown in
attendance every year. Its purpose is to “Remember, Honor and Teach.”
This special ceremony honors all veterans who have served in times of
war and peace, and remembers those who are currently serving. All
branches of the Armed Forces are featured: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air
Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, and POWs/MIAs. It is an
inspirational and educational event, with various community
organizations and leaders participating. Individuals, families, and
groups are encouraged to attend the ceremony. After the formal ceremony,
attendees are invited to place fresh evergreen wreaths on veterans'
In 2011, the Blue Ridge and James River Chapters of NSDAR joined
together to co-sponsor the event. The two Chapters raised funds to
provide over 1,000 wreaths. More than 330 people gathered at the Old
City Cemetery for the Fourth Annual Ceremony.
In 2012, the Chapters were able to purchase and place just under 1,000
wreaths on veterans’ graves. The Old City Cemetery ranked fourth in
Virginia for the number of wreaths placed in 2012. Arlington National
Cemetery was first; Richmond, second; and Quantico, third. In 2013, 1008
wreathes were placed.
In 2014, the Chapters placed
1,060 wreathes, the most for any ceremony to date. In 2015, 1017
wreathes were placed. In 2016, approximately 1700 wreathes were placed.
Planning is currently underway for the Tenth Annual Wreaths Across
America Ceremony scheduled to be held promptly at 12 noon, Saturday,
December 16, 2017, at the Old City Cemetery, 401 Taylor Street,
Lynchburg, VA 24501.
Note: Please arrive no later than 11:30 a.m. Gates will close at 11:45
a.m. (or earlier, depending upon the volume of traffic.)
How You Can Help
A single wreath can be placed for the amount of $15. If two wreaths are
purchased for $30, the wreath company will provide a third wreath
free-of-charge; that is, “three for the price of two.” Donations
in any amount are very much appreciated and may be sent to: Mrs. Janet
Bogacik, Treasurer, 3509 Gregory Lane, Lynchburg, VA 24503. Checks
should be addresses to WAA, Blue Ridge Chapter, NSDAR.
Questions? Please call one of the following:
Arlene Cundiff, Blue Ridge
Penny Swisher, James River Co-Chair: 434-237-3354
Helen Davis, Blue Ridge
Julie Dias, James River