COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - This holiday season you can honor a veteran by sponsoring a wreath for their grave. It's part of the 2010 Wreaths Across America program.
The Wreaths Across America (WAA) ceremony for Fort Jackson National Cemetery will be held Saturday, December 11 at noon. Veterans, active duty and retired military members from all branches of service will participate in the program, along with USC's Air Force ROTC program and Jr. ROTC cadets from around the Midlands. Boy and girl scouts, along with church groups and other organizations will place the wreaths during the ceremony to honor the veterans.
Last year, WAA placed 340 wreaths at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery. This year, the goal is 940- one at every grave stone at the cemetery.
The wreaths can be sponsored for $15. To make sure your wreath will be placed at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery, enter code "SCFJNC" (South Carolina Fort Jackson National Cemetery). You can find the wreath sponsorship form here.
Florence National Cemetery and Beaufort National Cemetery will also be participating in South Carolina. The ceremony will be held simultaneously with over 400 cemeteries around the world. Last year, 24 foreign cemeteries and naval ships in all seven seas also participated.
Also, on Monday, December 6 at noon, a holiday wreath honoring veterans will be placed at the Veterans Memorial at the State House. This memorial is located on the Assembly Street side of the State House.
For more information, call the local chapter of Wreaths Across America at (803) 739-2774.