Missouri Veterans Commission News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 29, 2011
The Missouri Veterans Commission's six State Veterans Cemeteries will host Wreaths Across America, a holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember our nation's Veterans on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
The Worcester Wreath Company began donating holiday wreaths in tribute to Veterans laid to rest at VA's 131 national cemeteries and 79 state Veterans cemeteries in 2006. For the past 19 years, they have donated wreaths for gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery. In addition to wreaths placed at Arlington, Worcester Wreath will donate seven ceremonial wreaths to each of over 350 state and national Veterans cemeteries across the country.
"We owe a great debt of gratitude to those who sacrificed their lives so we could live free. This ceremony honors Veterans, Active Duty military, and their families by not forgetting, by remembering what they did and what they stood for," said Larry D. Kay, Executive Director of the commission.
The cemetery locations and times are as follows: Bloomfield Veterans Cemetery 17357 Stars and Stripes Way
Bloomfield, MO 63825
573-568-3871 Ceremony begins at 11:00 am.
Higginsville Veterans Cemetery 20109 Business Hwy. 13
Higginsville, MO 64037
660-584-5252 Ceremony begins at 11:00 am.
Fort Leonard Wood Veterans Cemetery 25350 Highway H Waynesville, MO 65583 573-774-3496 Ceremony begins at 11:00 am
Jacksonville Veterans Cemetery 1479 County Road 1675
Jacksonville, MO 65260
Phone: 660-295-4237 Ceremony begins at 11:00 am.
Springfield Veterans Cemetery 5201 South Southwood
Springfield, MO 65804
Phone: 417-823-3944 Ceremony begins at 11:00 am.
St. James Veterans Cemetery 620 N. Jefferson
St. James, MO 65559
Phone: 573-265-3271 Ceremony begins at 1:00 pm.
The Missouri Veterans Commission operates seven State Veterans Homes, six State Veterans Cemeteries, and the Veterans Services Program. The Commission is committed to honoring and serving Missouri's Veterans whose dedication and sacrifices have preserved our nation and its freedoms. For more information about the Missouri Veterans Commission programs, call 573-751-3779 online at www.mvc.dps.mo.gov or on Facebook.
For more information, call 573-522-1421 or e-mail Daniel.Bell@mvc.dps.mo.gov