UPDATE: U.S. Senate designates Dec. 18 “Wreaths Across America Day”

Wreaths are placed on veterans' graves at Camp Nelson National Cemetery and across the country


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVQ) – The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating Saturday, December 18, 2021, as “Wreaths Across America Day.”

The resolution was introduced by U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King.

A convoy of volunteers will travel from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery to lay Maine-made balsam wreaths at the headstones of American veterans interred there.

“Wreaths Across America is a powerful demonstration of respect and appreciation for our veterans – both those that we’ve lost and those still with us,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “We are so proud that this heartfelt expression of gratitude originated in our great state and has become an enduring symbol of our nation’s gratitude for veterans’ valor and sacrifice. This resolution remembers and honors America’s veterans this holiday season, while also teaching younger generations of the sacrifices that have been made to secure our freedoms and to defend our liberty.”

The general public can register to participate in Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery here.

Thousands of volunteers are expected to lay the wreaths at the graves of each American veteran.  In addition to Arlington National Cemetery, volunteers will place wreaths at 3,100 locations nationwide, including Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County.  For the first time ever, there was enough wreath sponsorship this year to lay a wreath at all 16,230 graves at the cemetery.

The full resolution can be read here.



JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – For the first time ever, Wreaths Across America volunteers will lay a wreath on every veteran’s grave at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County.

Because of sponsorship from generous donors, the organization reached its goal of 16,230 wreaths.

The wreaths will be placed on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021.  The ceremony is scheduled to begin at Noon.

People who sponsored a wreath for a specific grave and plan to place it personally, are asked to do that between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on the 18th.

For more information, and event parking instructions, click here.



JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – National nonprofit Wreaths Across America announced Tuesday that Jersey Mike’s Subs has made a $300,000 donation to support a matching campaign from Nov. 15 – 30, 2021, with a goal to sponsor 40,000 veterans’ wreaths for placement this National Wreaths Across America Day – Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021.

Through this donation, Jersey Mike’s has stepped up to support the mission to Remember the fallen, Honor those that serve and their families, and Teach the next generation the value of freedom. Starting Monday, Nov. 15, through Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, every $15 wreath sponsorship made at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/JerseyMikes will be matched by the company, up to $300,000.

Since 2012, Jersey Mike’s has raised more than $2.5 million to support WAA’s mission. In 2020, 1.7 million veterans’ wreaths were placed in honor of veterans nationally and abroad, including on all the markers of those buried at Arlington National Cemetery. All year round, through a variety of programs, Jersey Mike’s franchisees across the country support the military and their families.

“Experiencing the placement of a wreath and knowing the impact that one simple action has for so many, is truly meaningful,” said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO. “Teach our children the value of Freedom, touched our hearts. Honored to be part of Wreaths Across America.”

This year’s national wreath laying events will take place at more than 2,800 participating locations nationwide, including at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021.

“The veterans we honor committed themselves unselfishly at the most critical moments in our nation’s history,” said Karen Worcester, WAA’s executive director. “The generous support of the wonderful people at Jersey Mike’s, ensures that we will be able to fulfill our mission in remembrance of these brave men and women.”

To find a cemetery near you to support or volunteer at click here.

Learn more here: https://wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/19520/News/682/?relatedId=0

Update November 4, 2021

JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Wreaths Across America (WAA) says it needs 5,000 more wreaths to be sponsored to cover every grave at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County in December.

WAA says it has sponsors for 70-percent of the graves at the cemetery.

This is the 12th Anniversary of Wreaths Across America at Camp Nelson and the 30th Anniversary nationally, which was founded at Arlington National Cemetery.

You can sponsor a wreath for just $15.  The wreaths will be placed at Camp Nelson on December 18, 2021.

With your sponsorship, you’ll ensure that the sacrifice of our veterans is remembered yet again and passed on to a new generation of Americans.

To learn more or to sponsor a wreath, click here.

Original story below from October 25, 2021:

JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – After being scaled down last year because of the COVID pandemic, historic Camp Nelson Cemetery is gearing up for a full ‘Wreaths Across America’ ceremony this year.

And the community, residents and businesses are being asked to sponsor a wreath or donate to help make sure wreaths are placed on all the cemetery’s graves.

On December 19,  2020, National Wreaths Across America Day was celebrated at Camp Nelson National Cemetery which is located south of Nicholasville.

Last year,  the local Wreaths Camp Nelson (www.WreathsCampNelson.org) organizing committee, adhering to COVID-19 restrictions, made the decision to modify and continue the tradition of National Wreaths Across America Day. The committee accepted and placed 540 wreaths sponsored for specific graves, emphasized that all veterans would be honored symbolically by placing wreaths on war memorials and the gates of the cemetery, and continued the WAA mission to Remember ~ Honor ~ Teach.

In contrast, in 2019, organizers had more than 10,000 wreaths sponsored for Camp Nelson. The hope in 2020 was to cover every one of Camp Nelson’s 16,000 graves. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the public was unable to attend last year and the entire operation was carried out with the help of less than 50 volunteers.

This was a dramatic contrast to 2019, when more than 700 volunteers and attendees assisted with the largest Wreaths Across America ever at Camp Nelson, placing more than 10,000 wreaths. This year, organizers are planning a full scale ceremony this year on December 18.

All wreaths that were sponsored last year but could not actually be placed on graves were rolled over as a credit toward this year’s goal.

Although organizers have gotten a good start on their goal, they hope  community groups, youth organizations, civic groups, and businesses will continue to come forward and help get to the 2021 goal of all 16,500 hero’s graves.

This annual, public,  family-friendly event seeks to further the WAA mission of Remember, Honor, Teach, ensuring that the memory of those who served our country endures. This year, WAA Day will be Saturday, December 18, 2021 and will be open to the public once again. Fundraising efforts are well underway,  with a goal of having wreaths for all 16,500 graves this year. All wreaths come from donations through the Wreaths Across America for Camp Nelson website, www.WreathsCampNelson.org.

Without sponsors, organizers would not be able to have WAA Day because the government does not supply the wreaths – all wreaths come from sponsorships by individuals and corporate donors. To donate, visit www.WreathsCampNelson.org or Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/KYCNNC.

The last day to sponsor a wreath online is November 29; to sponsor by check is November 22.

“Everyone is part of the Wreaths Across America mission to Remember, Honor, Teach. Together we are all part of the Wreaths Across America family and no donation is too small when it comes to honoring our veterans and their families,” said Ann Hamlin, Local Coordinator for the Camp Nelson Wreaths Across America group.

For information and to join the team go to  www.WreathsCampNelson.org or email info@WreathsCampNelson.org .

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