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The Growth….
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' graves.

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.

 

2016 ….
Planning is currently underway for the Ninth Annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony scheduled to be held promptly at 12 noon, Saturday, December 17, 2016, 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 Co-Chair: 434-237-1189

Penny Swisher, James River Co-Chair: 434-237-3354

Helen Davis, Blue Ridge Regent: 434-239-4148

Julie Dias, James River Regent: 804-815-2358
 

 

 
 

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