Wreaths Across America pays tribute to fallen heroes


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During last year’s National Wreaths Across America Day ceremony at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, volunteers placed wreaths on veterans’ graves.

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Wreaths Across America will pay tribute to veterans interred at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery.

Each December to ensure that fallen veterans and their final resting places are not forgotten, Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath-placing ceremonies at more than 1,200 locations in all 50 states, at sea and abroad. Called “National Wreaths Across America Day,” this year’s observance will take place Saturday, Dec. 16.

The local ceremony will be held at 11:45 a.m. at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, 5525 U.S. 1 in Mims. Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey is the keynote speaker. The public is invited.

Wreaths Across America’s mission is to, “remember our fallen U.S. veterans, honor those who serve and teach your children the value of freedom.”

Satellite Beach resident Betty Jo Green is the location coordinator. Her military ties go deep. Green’s father was a World War II veteran. Her husband is a Korean War Veteran. Green has worked as a liaison to the Department of Veterans Affairs and volunteered for military-related organizations.

“It is inspiring to give back anyway I can to those who have gone before, so we don’t forget their names and who they were,” Green said. “This will be the second ceremony at the nearly two-year-old Cape Canaveral National Cemetery.”

The effort began with a boyhood trip that founder Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine, took to Washington D.C. Arlington National Cemetery made an indelible impression on him.

Years later, when his business had a surplus of wreaths following the holiday season, Worcester knew they had an important purpose and Wreaths Across America was born.

Volunteers who place the wreaths on veterans’ graves are encouraged to speak the veteran’s name aloud and take a moment to thank them for their service to the country.

“We need approximately 4,500 wreaths this year to honor our veterans at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery and that number increases each year,” Green said.

Organizations and individuals can sponsor wreaths for $15 apiece. 

Make out checks to Wreaths Across America and mail to:

Betty Jo Green

P.O. Box 372041

Satellite Beach, FL 32937

For information, call 321-777-1007. or go to wreathsacrossamerica.org.