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Houston VA National Cemetery Participates in 'Wreaths Across America'

November 17, 2009

HOUSTON - The Houston VA National Cemetery will again participate in the “Wreaths Across America” campaign by holding a special ceremony on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 11 a.m. This year, the goal is to place as many wreaths as possible on headstones to express appreciation for the past, present, and future sacrifices of our nation's veterans and their families.

Wreath sponsorship is accepted and volunteers are needed for the wreath laying event and for pre- and post-event logistics.

For the past 17 years, Maine’s Worcester Wreath Company, in coordination with the National Cemetery Administration, has made and decorated wreaths to adorn the headstones in Arlington National Cemetery. Spurred by the tremendous outpouring of letters and interest, an effort is being made to expand the reaches of the Arlington Wreath Project with a special campaign called, “Wreaths Across America.” This effort aspires to place memorial wreaths at each of the approximately 230 state and national cemeteries, and veterans’ monuments across the country.

If you are not able to attend or volunteer, event organizers ask you to join others across the nation, stop for a Moment of Silence at 11 a.m., and share a silent thank you to all those who serve, to all who have been lost, and to the families who will be without loved ones this holiday season.

For more information about the “Wreaths Across America” effort in Houston, visit www.waahouston.com * or call the Houston VA National Cemetery at (281) 447-8686 ext. 200.

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