Wreaths Across America veterans event in Bismarck Saturday

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The Bismarck Squadron Civil Air Patrol will facilitate this year’s Wreaths Across America event at the ND Veterans Cemetery on Dec. 14 starting at 11 a.m., with the help of the community.

The event will occur simultaneously with over 1,500 other ceremonies at locations in the United States and beyond, and will be highlighted by the placement of military service ceremonial wreaths by veterans of each respective service. The ceremonial wreath presenters were nominated by the community, and selected via a random drawing. The event will culminate with adorning gravesites with a holiday wreath. Nearly 7,000 wreaths were sponsored for this year’s event.

Ceremonial wreaths will be placed as part of the program starting at 11 a.m. for Army, Navy, Marine, Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine veterans. A wreath will also be placed for those veterans whose last know status was as a Prisoner of War or Missing in Action.

The event will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, but everyone is encouraged to get there early if possible because parking can take some time. Attendants will be present to guide participants to parking spaces. Bismarck CAP anticipates they will be able to fit everybody inside the cemetery, so parking on Highway 1806 should be avoided unless an attendant directs otherwise. Overflow parking will also be available at Ft. Lincoln like in previous years.

Once the ceremony is over, all participants will be given instructions on how the wreath placement part of the event will occur. The event will be held outdoors, so attendees are encouraged to check conditions before leaving home and dress accordingly. The Chapel building at the Veterans Cemetery will be open, but is set aside for those participants who may be especially sensitive to being outside in the cold.


Wreath shipping from Maine is donated by truck companies across the U.S., with Britton Trucking of Grand Forks making final delivery to North Dakota locations.

The WAA program at the ND Vets Cemetery was one of the original 150 sites to participate in this annual event.

Those interested in finding out more on the Wreaths Across America program, Civil Air Patrol, and wreath sponsorship for future ceremonies can contact Bismarck CAP at . Information can also be found at .

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