Wreaths Across America - Houston
Wreaths Across America
The Wreaths Across America story began over 25 years ago when Worcester Wreath Company (a for-profit commercial business from Harrington, Maine) began a tradition of placing wreaths on the headstones of our Nation’s fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery.
Over the years, Worcester Wreath has sponsored countless wreaths which were placed by volunteers in a wreath laying ceremony each December.
The Houston connection and how Wreaths Across America – Houston came to be:
The son of our Director, was looking at a video about the Arlington wreath laying and commenting on the event here at the Houston National Cemetery. Interested in participating, they went online and placed the order for wreaths. They called the cemetery to see when they would lay the wreaths. They then found out that the Houston National Cemetery did not participate in the wreath laying part of the event, due to lack of funding and volunteers.
With the help of the Civil Air Patrol, the cemetery was having a ceremony presenting the seven wreaths (each representing one of the branches of service and the MIA/POW’s) as all other National Cemeteries do.
The son, perplexed by this claimed “that’s not fair” and later in the day simply asked “What can one person do?” This was the spark that started what is now an annual event for not only one boy and his dad, but also family, friends and an entire community.
Since 2007, the event has grown and now there is an entire city behind the event.
Frequently Asked Questions
Although each wreath is a $15.00 sponsorship, we accept any amount for donation.
And what can I/we do? If you are interested in the wreath laying ceremony you simply need to be at the Houston National Cemetery before the ceremony begins at 11 am. There will be signs posted with instructions.
Email us! Just contact us or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch with you shortly. Our small business and corporate sponsors are very important to our success. We can offer ideas and assistance to get your company involved.
On our sponsorship form there is a space for “Special Request Wreath”. Please make sure all the information is correct and complete. We cannot guarantee to mark this site if the information is wrong.
The National Grave Site Locator can be reached through this link: Grave Locator – National Cemetery Administration (va.gov) All Special requests must be received by December 1st. All Special Requests through Wreaths Across America–Houston are for wreaths to be placed at Houston National Cemetery only.
Please click here to go to the escort information page.
The columbariums are honored with a wreath hung from each of its support columns. Due to restrictions we cannot hang wreaths for each vault. Please contact our office for specific questions
We will only place one wreath per gravestone. Due to cemetery maintenance restrictions, wreaths placed on the back side or stacked will be removed.