National Wreaths Across America Day – Dec. 18

On Dec. 18, National Wreaths Across America Day, the CGSC Foundation will help honor veterans’ graves at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery with wreaths of remembrance.

The Foundation’s goal in 2021 was to honor all 900 veterans buried in Section N of the cemetery. – We’re proud to announce that we have achieved our goal! – Final numbers are still being tallied, but as of Dec. 1, 2021, we have 919 wreaths sponsored.

The Foundation invites you to come out to help place wreaths at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery on Dec. 18. There will be a short ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. and then we’ll get organized and begin placing wreaths. (See the WAA Day Admin Information below.) If you would like to be a part of remembering and honoring our fallen veterans we welcome you. And after we complete our wreath laying mission, we will gather at the Frontier Army Museum for a reception to toast the fallen with hot chocolate and glühwein.

Download the invitation flyer with all the details.

WAA Day Admin Information for Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery –

• Wreaths Across America at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery welcomes the military supportive public. No REGISTRATION is required.

• Fort Leavenworth has granted “event access” for WAA day participants. – Upon entering Fort Leavenworth at the corner of Metropolitan Ave. and 7th St. in Leavenworth, proceed to the right hand lane. Present a valid identification (does NOT have to be a military identification card) for anyone 16 years or older in your vehicle. No entry will be approved until after 9 a.m. that morning. Please allow extra time in case it is a busy morning.

• Designated parking for attendees is at Frontier Conference Center, 350 Biddle Blvd., directly east of the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Please walk across the street and meet at the flag pole. The cemetery is closed to internal parking due to pedestrian traffic.

• The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at the flag pole.

• Sponsored wreaths will be placed in chosen sections after the ceremony.

• Children are encouraged to attend. Please follow respectful guidance within a national cemetery.

• Masks are recommended but not required. Please practice social distancing.

• After the ceremony each section chosen to have wreaths placed on them will have a section leader who will provide guidance for placing wreaths. Please follow their guidance before placing wreaths.

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at thousands of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.

The Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery was established in 1862 as one of 14 national cemeteries at that time. Today the cemetery has more than 23,000 graves of veterans representing every conflict since 1812. Notable veterans buried at Fort Leavenworth include Captain James Allen, 1st U.S. Dragoons, who died in August 1846. Allen’s is the oldest known military grave in the cemetery. Also, the remains of Brigadier General Leavenworth, the fort’s namesake, were disinterred from Woodland Cemetery in Delhi, N.Y., and reinterred in the national cemetery on Memorial Day in 1902. Nine Medal of Honor recipients are also buried there, including Capt. Thomas W. Custer, brother of Lt. Col. George Custer. Thomas received the Medal of Honor twice while serving in the U.S. Army, Company B, 6th Michigan Cavalry; first for capturing the flag at Namozine Church, Virginia, on May 3, 1865, and second for actions at Sailor’s Creek, Virginia, April 1865. Custer died in 1876.

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