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Albert G. Horton, Jr., Memorial Veterans Cemetery Annual Wreath Laying Event

Event Date:
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Event Location
The Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery
5310 Milner’s Road, Suffolk, VA 23434
Event Contact

For more information on the Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony, monthly meetings, events and Horton Wreath Society, please visit:
http://www.hortonwreathsociety.webs.com  email HWSPAO@gmail.com
or call the Public Affairs Officer at 757-635-6837.

Additional Information

 

On behalf of the Horton Wreath Society:

The Horton Wreath Society is a 501(c)3 organization that was organized to raise funds to place a live evergreen wreath on each marker in the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, Virginia. This will be the 10th year the Society has raised funds to honor our veterans and fallen heroes.

Last year, December 2016, 7,300 live wreaths were placed at the cemetery by over 3,000 volunteers. Our goal this year is to place over 8,000 live wreaths and we need volunteers to help us!

The Society strives to educate all, especially our youth and future generations, to remember the sacrifices by and to respect our veterans. This is a Free Family Event open to everyone that wishes to volunteer, no registration required, just show up.

We will begin with our welcome and laying of the ceremonial row of wreaths at 9:00 am.
Family members with loved ones interred at the Albert G. Horton, Jr., Memorial Veterans Cemetery will have the opportunity to lay wreaths for their loved ones first at 9:30 am, followed by general wreath placement by our volunteers.

Light refreshments, coffee and hot cocoa will be available for the duration of the actual Wreath Laying. Upon the laying of the last wreath, the Horton Wreath Society formal ceremony will be conducted at the Committal Shelter to honor and recognize the many sacrifices of our veterans. This ceremony will feature guest speakers, music, and a final procession of playing TAPS and Amazing Grace on the bagpipes leading everyone to the Main Memorial Wreath for the conclusion of all Ceremonies. This event will conclude by 1 pm.

Continuing with cemetery parking restrictions: there will be absolutely no parking on or at cemetery grounds, no exceptions. All participants must park at designated satellite parking areas, due to a largescale ongoing construction project which will add additional burial sites at the cemetery, for free transportation to and from the cemetery. Please go to our website for information regarding satellite parking. Additional information will be disseminated as it becomes available via Horton Wreath Society webpage, and local media.

We are looking for volunteers and inviting everyone to join our ceremony.

The Albert G. Horton Jr. Veterans Memorial Cemetery is one of three state veterans cemeteries operated by the Virginia Department of Veteran Services (VDVS).