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      WAA Sarasota
Wreaths Across America



 
PAST EVENTS

September 15th 2015 – Sarasota Military Academy Prep official "kick off" for 2015 Wreaths Across America Fundraising.

September 29th 2015 – Sarasota Military Academy High official "kick off" for 2015 Wreaths Across America Fundraising.

November 1, 2015 – Wreaths Across America Sarasota Poker Run event.  Registration is at 10:00 a.m. at Evies at 4735 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota.  Last bike out at 11 a.m. and last bike in at 3:00 p.m. at Firkins Chrysler/Jeep on US 41.  Click HERE for participant, sponsorship, or T-shirt information.

November 11th, 2015 – Sarasota Veterans Day Parade.  The public is welcome to attend and walk the parade with the SMA cadets and the Wreaths Across America fundraising group.

December 1, 2015 – Deadline to donate for 2015.  Donations received after this date will be used to support the 2016 goal.

December 12, 2015 – Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Sarasota National Cemetery on Clark Road.  The motorcycle escort meets at exit 238 at 6:30 a.m., wreath trucks will leave at 7:00 a.m. with the escort and will arrive at the cemetery at about 8:00 a.m.  The Ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m.

January 9, 2016  - Volunteers are needed to help clean up wreaths that are placed Dec. 12th.  Clean up will begin at around 7:00 a.m. and will last about 90 minutes.  Everyone is invited to attend clean up.  

PAST EVENTS


Sun., November 11th, 2012
– SMA cadets attend the Sarasota Veterans Day parade to promote sponsorship

Sun., November 25th, 2012 - Deadline for 2012 wreath sponsorship and grave specific requests

Sun., December 9th, 2012
– Start of World’s Longest Veterans Parade from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery

Mon., December 10th, 2012
– State House wreath laying ceremonies in all 50 states and Puerto Rico

Wed., Thurs., or Fri., December 12th, 13th, or 14th - A delivery escort of volunteer veteran bikers, police, and the community will welcome the wreaths along 75 and Clark Road to the Cemetery.  The exact date and time will be announced ASAP.

Sat., December 15th, 2012
– Simultaneous wreath laying ceremonies at nearly 750 locations all across the country.  Our local ceremony will be held on this day at the Sarasota National Cemetery at 9810 State Road 72 (east of Clark Rd. off exit 205). All sponsors, cadets, veterans, family, and the public are welcome to attend this memorable event.  This year, the ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m., followed by the wreath laying around 10:00 a.m.

Sat., January 12th, 2013 - Volunteers are needed to help clean up wreaths that are placed Dec. 15th.  Clean up will begin at 9:30 a.m. and everyone is invited to attend clean up.  

Tues.,  November 11th 2014 – SMA cadets attend the Sarasota Veterans Day parade to promote sponsorship

Mon., December 1, 2014 - Deadline for 2014 wreath sponsorship and grave specific requests

Fri., December 13th or Sat. December 14th, 2013 - A delivery escort of volunteer veteran bikers, police, and the community will welcome the wreaths along 75 and Clark Road to the Cemetery.  The exact date and time will be announced ASAP.

Sat., December 13th, 2014
– Simultaneous wreath laying ceremonies at nearly 750 locations all across the country.  Our local ceremony will be held on this day at the Sarasota National Cemetery at 9810 State Road 72 (east of Clark Rd. off exit 205). All sponsors, cadets, veterans, family, and the public are welcome to attend this memorable event.  This year the ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m., followed by the wreath laying around 10:00 a.m.

Sat., January 10th, 2015 - Volunteers are needed to help clean up wreaths that are placed Dec. 14th.  Clean up will begin at around 9:30 a.m. and everyone is invited to attend clean up.   The exact date and time will be announced



Wreaths Across America Volunteers are needed ot help clean up over 8,000 wreaths this Saturday 1/10/15 starting at 7:30 a.m.   All you have to do is show up at the Sarasota National Cemetery at 7:30 a.m.  The cemetery staff will arrive at 7:00 and need about 30 minutes preparation for everyone to begin at 7:30.  It's helpful if you can bring a broom stick handle (you can carry several wreaths at one time).



The Wreaths Across America Sarasota Ceremony is this Saturday December 13th at the Sarasota National Cemetery.  The Ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed with the laying of wreaths by family and volunteers at 10:00 a.m.   Please arive early to allow time for parking.
We did it... we reached our goal this year!   Thank you to everyone who made this possible.  The last two years the Sarasota National Cemetery has been the only cemetery in the country with over 500+ grave sites to reach goal to cover all head stones with a wreath.  This marks our 3rd year in a row that our community has reached goal ... AWESOME!  Donations can be made year round online and will go towards reaching the goal for next year.

DEADLINE EXTENDED . . .
The deadline to donate online towards reaching our goal is midnight tomorrow, Monday December 1st.  Progress will be updated as wreath counts become available.

The 2014 goal has been set at
8,000 wreaths. As of 7:00 p.m. need 499 Wreaths to reach  our goal!  We can do it as a community.  The deadline to donate online towards reaching this years goal is this Saturday 11/29/14 at 5:00 p.m. EST.  Please donate now.  We hit the goal of sponsoring 100 wreaths in a little over an hour at World of Beer today and the owners donated $500.  Thank you to everyone who helped... we had several people drive out of their way to drop off donations, we had patrons from neighboring businesses donate, and of course numerous WOB customers some of which sponsored 20 or more wreaths each.  Thank you.
                           
FINAL FUNDRAISING EVENT
will take place this Friday 11/28/14 from 7 am to 5pm.  Join Wreaths Across America Sarasota at The World of Beer this Friday.  Sponsor a wreath for $15 and get a free Pint of Goose Island beer and eat for free (breakfast from 7 am to noon and lunch from noon to 5 pm).  Donate an additional $5 and you will be entered into our grand prize raffle.  There will be live music and Maverick and Lulu from 106.5 CTQ will be there live from 3pm to 5pm.   WOB is located at 8217 Tourist Center Drive, Sarasota, FL  34201, 941-306-5868.

Don’t miss out on your last chance to sponsor a wreath!  Don’t say you should have, say you did!   Click here for more WOB information.

When the goal of 8,000 wreaths is reached every grave site at the Sarasota National Cemetery will receive a remembrance wreath sponsorship.  At the wreath laying ceremony on Saturday 12/13/14 a volunteer will personally lay the wreath.  The deadline for donations is 12/1/14. 

You can volunteer to walk the Veterans Day Parade on Tuesday 11/11/14 with the Sarasota Mlitary Academy cadets and Wreaths Accross America Sarasota volunteers.  You can participate by being at the Sarasota Military academy by 8:45 the day of the parade.

The ceremony clean up date is set for Saturday 1/10/15.



Thank you to all who attended the 2013 ceremony.  There was record attendance.  You can see over 400 pictures of the ceremony on our Facebook page together with videos on FB and YouTube.com  Also, please like our page if you have not already.

                          


Our 2013 community goal was achieved to raise sponsorship for 6,800 wreaths!  Click here to see the historical progress in 2013.  The 2013 ceremony at the Sarasota National Cemetery had every every grave site receiving a memorial wreath placed by volunteers.

             Memorial Day Parade on 5-27-13

   

Wreaths Across America Sarasota is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and thanking our veterans for their service and sacrifice. The Wreaths Across America mission is to “Remember, Honor, and Teach”. The annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery started in 1992 is now performed around the country at various locations that include the Sarasota National Cemetery that now has over 7,500 gravesites.                  
                              
Individuals and businesses can either purchase a wreath for $15 each or they can donate whatever amount they choose.  The cut off date for donations is December 1st, 2014.  If you would like your donation to sponsor a wreath to be layed at a specific gravesite either complete the sponsorship form and return it by fax, email or mail or you can simply donate online and let us know the name of the veteran, burial section, and burial site in the special instructions upon checkout. 

Click HERE to see our fundraising progress timeline.

 

 

 PAST EVENTS

Fri., November 1st, 2013 - Country singer Rodney Atkins will sponsor a private concert to those who donate wo WAA at The Ranch Grill & Bar in Lakewood Ranch.

Fri., October 26th, 2012 – SMA cadets together with 106.5 CTQ will be attending the Sarasota High School Football game to help promote fundraising.


Fri., November 2nd, 2012
- SMA cadets together with 106.5 CTQ will be attending aspecial "Listener" Meet and Greet with American Idol contestent and Country Star singer Josh Gracin (a United States Marine).  All of the proceeds from this event will be donated to WAA Sarasota.  This event will be at Firkins Automotive at 2700 First Street, Bradenton, Florida from 5-6:30 pm.  To attend you must listen to 106.5 CTQ to win access tickets.  

Sun., November 11th, 2012 - SMA cadets will be handing out WAA Sarasota promotional flyers during the Sarasota Veteran's Day Parade beginning at 9:00 a.m.
                       



                                    Wreaths Across America Sarasota
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