Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Joey Strickland, COL (USA Retired) is encouraging all Louisianans to give in July to remember veterans through the Wreaths Across America program at LDVA’s five state-run veterans cemeteries. Louisianans can purchase a wreath now to be placed on a Louisiana veteran’s grave on Dec. 17 instead of waiting until the holidays to make the purchase.
“There are thousands of veterans whose final resting place is one of our five veterans cemeteries,” said Secretary Strickland. “While some veterans have family and friends who routinely purchase a wreath and place it on their veteran’s grave each December, many have no one. This year’s theme is Find a Way to Serve, and I’m asking my fellow Louisianans to stand in the gap to remember veterans this year by purchasing one or more wreaths in honor of those who served our country.”
Wreaths cost $15 each, and for every two wreath sponsorships sold, a third wreath will be provided to the cemetery of your choice as part of a special sponsorship group program option available through the national program.
To purchase wreaths, visit the links below for the cemetery of your choice:
Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery
Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery
Southwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery
If you would like to purchase a wreath for any veteran interred at one of our cemeteries, select the number of wreaths you would like and proceed to check out by selecting Review My Sponsorships. If you want to purchase a wreath for a specific veteran, choose the number of wreaths you would like, and select the Grave Specific option under More Options. You will need to indicate if you will place the wreath yourself or have a volunteer place it for you. If you want to complete the wreath sponsorship order form to mail in, visit bit.ly/WAA to print.
The Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery staff places wreaths on its veterans’ graves, which are donated by a local business. Therefore, they do not need wreaths to be purchased there.
Wreaths Across America ceremonies are held annually in December across the nation at more than 3,100 participating locations to remember, honor, and teach. The organization’s goal is to place a live balsam fir wreath at the headstone of every interred service member to ensure no one will be forgotten.
For more information about purchasing wreaths, Wreaths Across America, or LDVA, visit vetaffairs.la.gov, email email@example.com, call 225.219.5000 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.