DECEMBER 16TH
9:30 AM

WREATH LAYING
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PROGRESS TO 12,600 WREATHS GOAL
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The public can donate, volunteer and attend.

Wreaths Across America Sarasota. Each fall the community bands together to secure wreath sponsorships for the Sarasota National Cemetery (SNC) veterans and their families laid to rest.

This year's overall community goal is 12,600 wreaths. Together we will accomplish this task. The community is welcome to join in as area veterans, military cadets, businesses, schools, religious organizations, volunteers, individuals, and numerous non-profit organizations pay honor and respect to our local veterans laid to rest at SNC.

By sponsoring a Wreaths Across America rememberance wreath you are demontrating your patriotism and thankfulness for our nation's armed services and the veternas who have served.

There are thousands of veterans resting at SNC who have no family or friends left to remember them. The Wreaths Accross America day is the only time their grave is visited all year.

Reaching the community goal will allow each and every grave site again this year to be remembered with an evergreen wreath.

We hope you will not only sponsor a wreath but attend the wreath-laying ceremony as well.
Wreaths Across America Sarasota Ceremony
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The Sarasota Wreaths Across America Story (www.wreathceremony.com)
Groundbreaking and dedication of the 295 acre site at the Sarasota National Cemetery was held on June 1, 2008 and the first interment was on January 9, 2009. Being the sixth national cemetery in Florida its expected to hold over ten burials per day for the next ten years. For the last several years the community, Sarasota Military Academy Cadets, various veterans groups, non-profits, schools, and the public have worked very hard to meet the goal of having a wreath to lay at each and every grave site in the cemetery. With the help of community volunteers and a central focus at www.waasarasota.com, goal was reached for the 1st time of placing a wreath at over 5,400 grave sites in 2012. In 2013, we reached goal for the 2nd year sponsoring 6,800 wreaths. In 2014, goal was reached for the 3rd third year in a row sponsoring over 8,000 wreaths. In 2015, we reached goal for the 4th year in a row sponsoring over 10,000 wreaths. And once again in 2016, we reached goal of 10,750 wreaths for the 5th year in a row. In 2017, goal is 12,600 wreaths.

The Wreaths Across America Story (www.wreathsacrossamerica.org)
Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, was a 12 year old paper boy for the Bangor Daily News when he won a trip to Washington D.C. His first trip to our nation’s capital was one he would never forget, and Arlington National Cemetery made an especially indelible impression on him. This experience followed him throughout his life and successful career in business, reminding him that his good fortune was due, in large part, to the values of this nation and the Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their Country.

In 1992, Worcester Wreath found themselves with a surplus of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season. Remembering his boyhood experience at Arlington, Worcester realized he had an opportunity to honor our country’s Veterans. With the help of Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, arrangements were made for the wreaths to be placed at Arlington in one of the older sections of the cemetery, a section which had been receiving fewer visitors with each passing year.

Wreath Laying Ceremony

In honor of all Veteran's every volunteer who places a wreath on a veteran's grave is encouraged to say that veteran's name aloud and take a moment to thank them for their service to our country. It's a small act that goes a long way toward keeping the memory of our veterans alive.

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." William Shakespeare
Wreaths Across America Sarasota Say Their Name

Remember

Honor

Teach

Wreaths Across America Sarasota Remembers
Wreaths Across America Sarasota Honors
Wreaths Across America Sarasota Teaches

our fallen U.S. veterans.

those who serve.

your children the value of freedom.

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Wreaths Across America Sarasota Navy Wreath

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Navy

Wreaths Across America Sarasota Marine Corps Wreath

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Marine Corps

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Air Force

Wreaths Across America Sarasota Coast Guard Wreath

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Coast Guard

Wreaths Across America Sarasota Merchant Marine Wreath

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Merchant Marine

Wreaths Across America Sarasota POW Wreath

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POW or MIA

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