For more than 20 years, Wreaths Across America has worked to ensure that every serviceman or woman who has laid down their lives for this country is not forgotten during the holiday season. Here are five things to know about the event this year.
1. Starting in 2008, Congress has issued a proclamation officially recognizing "Wreaths Across America Day" each December. This year, it is being held on Saturday, December 14.
2. In southeast Michigan, the event will take place at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly with ceremonies beginning at 11 a.m.
3. To date, approximately 5,000 wreaths, being transported by two semi tractor trailers donated by Walmart, will receive a law enforcement escort from Hartland to Holly. The Walmart Great Lakes Division, Region 19 has donated 5,000 wreaths to be placed on Veterans’ graves to honor America’s fallen heroes.
4. This year two U.S. Veterans and Walmart Associates will be driving specially “Wreaths Across America” branded semis and will depart from the Hartland Supercenter at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 14. The truck full of wreaths will then be escorted by local law enforcement agencies as the wreaths are transported to Great Lakes National Cemetery.
5. The wreaths are scheduled to arrive at 10:30 a.m. for proper placement on Veterans’ graves. A formal ceremony will start at 12 p.m. Community volunteers are encouraged to volunteer to assist and attend the ceremony.