Wreaths to be placed at Fort Rosecrans on Saturday

Volunteers will place wreaths throughout Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Photo: Courtesy on Saturday.

A formal ceremony and the laying of more than 2,800 holiday wreaths is set for Saturday at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Sponsored by Wreaths Across America, the San Diego event is one of more than 500 wreath-laying ceremonies to be conducted simultaneously at veterans’ cemeteries across the nation.

The public event will begin at exactly 9 a.m. with a formal ceremony featuring a military band and color guard. Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert Cardenas will deliver the keynote address.

Senior officers and senior non-commissioned officers from local commands will place wreaths specially designated for the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and POW/MIA on memorials at the cemetery. Volunteers will then place wreaths on individual graves.
The wreaths will be placed on the headstones of veterans buried at Fort Rosecrans by some 700 volunteers in remembrance of those who served their country, to honor their sacrifices, and to teach the younger generations about the true cost of our freedoms.

Those attending the ceremony should arrive at Ft. Rosecrans between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. to be sure of parking and seating. Preference for early entry to the cemetery grounds, seating and wreath placement will be given to those organizations and individuals who registered on the volunteer San Diego website at www.volunteersandiego.org.

Qualcomm Incorporated has donated 2,500 of the wreaths to be laid at Fort Rosecrans, with some 300 donated by other local organizations. The Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Me., donates the ceremonial wreaths for the nationwide wreath-laying events.
The second Saturday in December marks the 20th anniversary of Maine wreaths being donated to be placed on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

This also is the sixth year of the national wreath sponsorship campaign under the guidance of the non-profit WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.
For information about how to sponsor a wreath visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.

Related posts:

  1. First burials held at new Miramar National Cemetery
  2. Nuclear waste materials reportedly moved from Torrey Pines Mesa
  3. ProFlowers, RedEnvelope looking to hire 600 during Saturday job fair
  4. Poll workers still needed for some areas
  5. Thunderstorms expected in parts of the county Thursday, Friday

Short URL: http://www.lajollalight.com/?p=30575

Posted by Kathy Day on Dec 9, 2010. Filed under Featured Story, News, Region. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

La Jolla Community Calendar


Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

RSS North Coastal News

  • Torrey Pines High School football starts Aug. 29 August 28, 2014
    The Torrey Pines varsity football team scrimmaged against San Marcos on Friday, Aug. 22. Their first game is at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. […]
  • Del Mar doctor faces 20 years for selling prescriptions to addicts August 28, 2014
    A Del Mar osteopath who sold painkiller prescriptions to addicts and drug dealers pleaded guilty in federal court Aug. 26 to conspiracy to unlawfully dispense and distribute oxycodone. William Joseph Watson faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced Dec. 8, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Sheppard. The defendant — who had been indicted on […]
  • Teacher thrilled to be back in Carmel Valley as new Canyon Crest Academy Envision Theatre Coordinator August 28, 2014
    Jeannine Marquie landed her dream teaching job when she began working at Canyon Crest Academy’s Envision in 2007. But when schools were hit by the recession and her position went from full time to part time, the actress-turned-teacher had to relocate to Orange County. Now starting her 18th year as a teacher, Marquie is back in Carmel Valley as the new theate […]