Your support of Veterans, the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery, and the Wreath Laying Program is invaluable. Last year your support enabled the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery Volunteers to place a live wreath on each of the 1200+ veterans' gravesites. This year we will lay approximately 1,500 wreaths on December 12, 2020 at 1 o'clock in the afternoon. We hope that you will be able to join us. Please check our website for up to date information concerning inclement weather or coronavirus restrictions.
The Wreath Committee is comprised of all members and is charged with the purchase and placement of live holiday wreaths on each grave site at the cemetery. The annual "Wreath Laying Ceremony" is held on the second Saturday in December of each year. The Ceremony includes a motorcycle drive-by, the UAW Veterans Freedom Truck, presentation of the colors, a military band, the Honor Guard, and distinguished guest speakers. Family members are invited to lay wreaths first followed by all others who wish to participate. The wreaths are provided by generous donations from individuals, Corporate Sponsors, and organizations throughout the year. Three hundred and fifty wreaths were laid in the first ceremony on December 14, 2013. Each year the number of gravesites increases placing greater demands on the Committee's fundraising goals. In 2017 over 1000 wreaths were laid. With continued generous support from the public we hope to continue the wreath laying in the coming years.
"The wreaths are made of live interlocking branches and are a tradition dating back to 3rd Century B.C. Greece. They are a symbol of strength and victory. But the most important symbol, Eternal Life, upholds the tradition of replacing the live wreaths each and every year."
UAW Freedom Truck, 2019
JVSG-VEC Wreath Fluffing Volunteer Team
Montgomery County Sheriff Department Deputy Rifle Team
1000 wreaths arrive on Friday and must be fluffed before they are laid on Saturday.
"All is well, safely rest, God is nigh." From Taps by Daniel Butterfield