Time is Running Out to Honor Veterans This Holiday Season with Wreaths Across America
As a military community, the hearts of Lawtonians are always with those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. One way to help remember and honor those who gave their lives for this country is by participating in Wreaths Across America.
The purpose of Wreaths Across America is to remember our fallen U.S. veterans; honor those who serve; and teach your children the value of freedom. Its website invites everyone to join them in this purpose on National Wreaths Across America Day:
Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 3,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.
This year's National Wreaths Across America Day will take place Saturday, December 17, 2022.
Lawtonians have two opportunities to sponsor wreaths locally. Deadline is November 26, 2022
Boy Scout Trop 9100 and Cub Scout Pack 4111 will be laying wreaths at Highland Cemetery. According to the webpage, there are currently 1,400 veteran graves at Highland Cemetery, and the troops' are hoping to have wreaths for every single veteran grave. As of publication of this article, the troops have 39 wreaths so far.
Fort Sill Post Cemetery
The Wreaths Across America organization will lay wreaths at the Fort Sill Cemetery. According to the webpage, there are currently 4,500 veteran graves at the Fort Sill Cemetery, and the organization is hoping to have wreaths sponsored for every veteran grave. As of publication of this article, the organization has 888 wreaths sponsored so far.
What does it mean to sponsor a wreath?
According to the Wreaths Across America website:
It means you’ll honor an American hero at one of more than 2,800 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.
There are a couple different of wreath sponsorship options. You can also do a custom number of wreaths.
- One Wreath - $15
- Two Wreaths - $30
- Five Wreaths - $75
- Ten Wreaths - $150
If you'd like to volunteer to lay wreaths on National Wreaths Across America Day, there are plenty of local opportunities to volunteer at Highland Cemetery and Fort Sill Post Cemetery.