Albert G Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery Wreath Society to Hold Annual Live Wreath Laying Event on December 10th
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 during the holiday season.
Last year 7,200 live wreaths were placed at the cemetery by over 6,000 volunteers, with more being added every year. The goal for the Society this year is to place over 8,000 live wreaths. The Horton Wreath Society welcomes volunteers for this truly special event.
This year serves as the 9th year the Society has raised funds to honor our veterans and fallen heroes.
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 is required.
The event will begin with welcoming remarks and laying of the ceremonial row of wreaths at 9:00 am, December 10, 2016.
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 Veterans, Military, Fraternal Organizations, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Active Duty personnel with family, and friends on all other grave sites and columbarium rows.
Light refreshments 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 TAPS and Amazing Grace on bagpipes leading everyone to the Main Memorial Wreath for the conclusion of all Ceremonies. This event will conclude by 1:00 pm.
NEW THIS YEAR: There will be absolutely no parking at or on cemetery grounds this year, no exceptions, due to a large-scale ongoing construction project which will add additional burial sites to the cemetery. All participants must park at designated satellite parking areas. Shuttles will offer transportation to and from the cemetery. Please visit the Horton Wreath Society website for information regarding satellite parking. Additional information will be disseminated as it becomes available via Horton Wreath Society webpage, and local media.
The Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery is located at 5310 Milner’s Road, Suffolk, VA. 23434. The Albert G. Horton Jr. Veterans Memorial Cemetery is one of three state veterans cemeteries operated by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS). To learn more about VDVS visit www.dvs.virginia.gov.
For more information on the Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony, monthly meetings, events and the Horton Wreath Society, please visit: http://www.hortonwreathsociety.webs.com, email HWSPAO@gmail.com or call the Public Affairs Officer at 757-635-6837.