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."
8th Annual Wreath
When: Saturday, December 12, 2020
Program begins at 1 PM, REGARDLESS OF WEATHER
Where: Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery, Dublin, Virginia
Everyone is invited to attend and participate in this beautiful event honoring our veterans and their families.
UAW Freedom Truck, 2019
JVSG-VEC Wreath Fluffing Volunteer Team
Montgomery County Sheriff Department Deputy Rifle Team
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1000 wreaths arrive on Friday and must be fluffed before they are laid on Saturday.
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