TUCSON, Ariz. -- A nationwide movement to honor and remember those who served in the military is set to also take place in Tucson.
The second Saturday in December marks the 29th anniversary of Maine wreaths being donated to be placed on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. It also marks the 16th year where wreaths are laid at National and State Veterans cemeteries, monuments and community centers across the country.
Along with the ceremonial wreaths, a number of groups also join with Wreaths Across America to promote sponsored wreaths to be placed on veterans' graves. In 2019, it is projected more than 175,000 volunteers will take part in the WAA mission to "Remember; Honor; and Teach."
There will be two ceremonies in Tucson this year on Saturday, December 14th. The Gold Star Mothers Tucson Chapter reached its 2,500 wreath goal for placement at East Lawn Palms Cemetery. The East Tucson Cadet Squadron #229 Civil Air Patrol from Davis Monthan also volunteered to conduct the Wreaths Across America ceremony this year at South Lawn Cemetery.
There are also two other southern Arizona locations holding ceremonies.
Below are the locations and times for the ceremonial wreath layings:
- East Lawn Mortuary & Cemetery, 5801 E. Grant Rd at 10 a.m.
- Funeraria del Angel South Lawn Cemetery, 5401 S. Park Ave at 10a.m.
- Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1300 S. Buffalo Soldier Trail, Sierra Vista
- Bisbee Evergreen Cemetery, Old Douglas Rd. Bisbee
To find other locations participating in Arizona, click here.