What does it mean to sponsor a grave-specific wreath? It means you’ll honor a specific American hero at one of more than 1,200 locations nationwide this year on Wreaths Across America Day. It’s a day that’s been set aside to lay wreaths at the places where we remember, honor and teach about our veterans: cemeteries, monuments, parks… Anywhere we can pay tribute to their sacrifices.
We can’t do that without your support, though. Your sponsorship will ensure that a wreath is hand-crafted of all-American balsam and hand-tied with a red velvet bow here in Columbia Falls, Maine. It will then be sent to one of our participating locations, where a volunteer will place it on the marker of the veteran you specify. That volunteer will then “say their name” to ensure that the legacy of duty, service and sacrifice of that veteran is never forgotten.
By choosing to sponsor a grave-specific wreath, you’re requesting that a Remembrance Wreath be placed at a specific marker within a participating cemetery location. Please understand that our volunteers do their very best to ensure that all requests are fulfilled to the best of their ability on Wreaths Across America Day. To make a grave-specific request, please be sure that all location details, including: section, row, marker number, and any other information (i.e. columbarium) is accurately included in your order. Wreaths Across America does not have access to cemetery records or databases and relies on you to provide these details.
If you choose to place your grave-specific wreath yourself, please arrive early so that another well-meaning volunteer does not unintentionally honor your loved one by placing a wreath on their marker before you are able to do so. Another way to avoid this situation is to invite a friend or relative to attend with you and have that person wait at your loved one's grave site while you pick up your wreath. This way, if another volunteer should come to place a wreath on that particular site, the person standing by the site could request the volunteer to move to another marker.