Christmas Wreaths in Honor of Veterans

The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, in partnership with the Midwest Honor Flight and Wreaths Across America, will host a wreath laying ceremony on Saturday, December 16. The ceremony will be held at the South Dakota Veterans Cemetery Committal Shelter (25965 477th Avenue) starting at 11:00 am CT in Sioux Falls.

Midwest Honor Flight and their partners are providing the wreaths for our heroes.

Immediately following the 30-minute program, guests will be encouraged to assist in placing wreaths at all veterans’ graves.

The tradition of laying wreaths to honor our veterans during the holiday season began in 1992, when Morrill Worcester of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, was left with a number of extra wreaths at the close of the holiday season. Remembering a boyhood trip to the Nation’s Capital and the sacred grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, he donated 5,000 wreaths to be placed at the headstones of an older section of the cemetery. What began as one man’s gesture, grew into a national movement in 2007, when Wreaths Across America was formed as a non-profit organization. Today, more than 2,500 locations participate in laying the wreaths out of remembrance and respect for our nation’s brave servicemen and women.

“During this holiday season, we look forward to providing some Christmas cheer to our veterans and their families by participating in Wreaths Across America. This year, we will be laying over 350 wreaths.” said South Dakota Veterans Cemetery Director Erin Brown. “The generous support of Midwest Honor Flight and their partners ensures that we will be able to fulfill our mission in remembrance of these brave men and women laid to rest in South Dakota.”