Wreaths Across America

You still have time to make a donation for this year's placement of a wreath for a veteran.  In the years we have been a part of this tremendous effort we have received donations from $7.50 to $1,500.00.  Each gift has allowed a veteran's memory to be honored.  Each wreath costs $15.00 but for every $30.00 in donations we receive an addition wreath.  For every two wreaths purchased the Cemetery receives three wreaths to place on graves.  Please contact the Cemetery Office for information on how you can be a part of this.

We currently have more than 1,500 veterans.  We would like to place a wreath on each of their graves.  There are generals, admirals, privates and every step in between.  There are men and women, including husbands and wives who offered their lives for our country - for our freedom.

We have a very nice (short) ceremony planned before we go out to place the wreaths.  If you would like to join us for the ceremony but are not able to place a wreath we would still love to have you come.

The ceremony will begin at 11:45 AM (sharp) on the second Saturday in December.  Please contact the Cemetery Office for current information and for instructions on where to park.

In 1992 a wreath company in Maine placed 5,000 excess wreaths in Arlington National Cemetery.  The next year they made 5,000 extra wreaths to make sure they had some to place in Arlington.  From that effort the tax-exempt organization Wreaths Across America was formed and since that time, more than one million wreaths have been placed in cemeteries across our nation.

In 2013 Greenwood became an approved cemetery by the Wreaths Across American organization.  That first year there were 1,373 veterans buried in Greenwood Cemetery, men and women who had participated in wars from the Mexican/American War in 1846 to the Gulf Wars of today. We placed 740 wreaths that first year and have placed a wreath on every veteran's grave every year since.

Not every veteran buried here gave their life for their country - but each of them offered to do so.  Whether serving in a war zone or serving stateside they put their lives on the line for our freedom.  We want to say "Thank You" by seeing that a wreath marks their grave through the winter months.