On Saturday, Dec. 17, 3,770 handcrafted evergreen wreaths will be laid on the graves of fallen soldiers at Grand Rapids Veterans Home Cemetery.
According to a spokesperson for the local chapter of Wreaths Across America, the organization is “always looking for volunteers” to place the wreaths to remember the sacrifices veterans have made in wars since the American Revolution.
The charity evolved out of a Maine wreath maker’s efforts to decorate graves at Arlington National Cemetery. Worcester Wreath Co formed the Wreaths Across America charity in 2007, which now coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at gravesites of military veterans at national and local cemeteries at more than 3,400 additional locations in all 50 states.
The Grand Rapids Veterans Home Cemetery, also known as Soldiers Home Cemetery or Soldiers Cemetery can be accessed by following directions to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, located at 3000 Monroe Ave. NW. The entrance to the cemetery is on Lamberton Street on the north side of the Michigan Home for Veterans.
A ceremony which will include brief remarks by Wreaths Across America Volunteer Coordinator Catherine Meintsma begins at noon. Volunteers will begin the process of laying wreaths at the conclusion of the ceremony at approximately 12:30 p.m.
While it’s too late to sponsor a wreath to be delivered in time for this year’s ceremony, you can visit the MVHGR Veterans Memorial Cemetery page to sponsor a wreath for delivery in 2023, https://bit.ly/
For more information please visit the website.