Wreaths Across America
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Garden of Memories Oxford chosen to host event honoring veterans
Garden of Memories Oxford has been selected to participate in Wreaths Across America’s nationwide wreath dedication ceremony. Taking place on Saturday, Dec. 14, at cemeteries across the country, this event will honor all veterans who have been laid to rest.
On Dec. 14, Garden of Memories Oxford, along with 1,600 other memorial sites across the country, will hold a ceremony to lay wreaths dedicated to each branch of the military. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. with opening remarks from Matthew Malone, director of cemetery services. After these sentiments, the group will then place wreaths on the graves of each veteran laid to rest in the cemetery. Troops from the local service unit of Girl Scouts Heart of the South and the Yocona Area Council of Boy Scouts of America will also be performing a flag retiring ceremony as a part of the event.
Cemeteries are required to apply for the privilege of participating in Wreaths Across America’s annual event. In order to be selected, cemeteries must be able to show that they go above and beyond to serve the veterans in their community.
At Garden of Memories Oxford, the Veterans’ Garden is centered around an established military flagpole. It is dedicated to the men and women of the armed forces and their families.
Garden of Memories Oxford provides discounted burial plots for veterans of all branches of the U.S. military. It also provides discounted plots for immediate family members of veterans, as well as discounts on pre-planned burial services.
This annual event is one of the ways Wreaths Across America works to accomplish its mission of remembering, honoring and teaching. The organization offers learning tools, interactive media projects, and opportunities for youth groups to participate in the events.
For the Wreaths Across America event, community members can get involved by sponsoring wreaths to be laid during the ceremony or by volunteering to participate in the wreath-laying ceremony.
The cemetery has 35 veterans buried on their property and hopes to have enough donated wreaths to allow each veteran to be honored individually. To sponsor a wreath, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org and search for Garden of Memories Oxford. Discounts are applied to wreaths ordered in multiples.