Hill Top Cemetery is now the official location for National Wreaths Across America Day 2021
By Linda Hobbs
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National nonprofit organization Wreaths Across America recently announced that Hill Top Cemetery will join the effort to support the “Remember, Honor, Teach” mission, as the official location for 2021. This is the first year that the cemetery will participate in this national event.
Wreaths Across America began as a simple gesture of thanks that has grown into a national movement of dedicated volunteers and communities who come together to not only remember the nation’s dead and honor their service, but to teach for the next generation the sacrifices made for us to live freely. This year, more than 2,700 participating locations will lay wreaths on National Wreath Day across America — December 18 — with more than 2 million volunteers coming together.
Hill Top‘s goal is to raise enough funds to place 374 Veterans Wreaths on the headstones of all the local heroes who rest there, to ensure that the people who served to protect the freedoms of our countries will never be forgotten and to bring the community together in patriotic commemoration.
“We are forever grateful to the thousands of supporters who dedicate their time and effort to fulfilling our mission on a local level,” said Karen Worcester, Executive Director of Wreaths Across America. “These individuals and their communities know the value of remembering the dead, honoring those who currently serve, and teaching the next generation about the sacrifices made every day for our freedom, and without their continued support, Wreaths Across America will not wouldn’t exist.”
Those interested in volunteering for Wreaths Across America or sponsoring a wreath for Hill Top Cemetery are encouraged to visit https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/CO0186P to learn more.
Groups interested in helping support this mission for Hill Top as well, please contact site coordinator Linda Hobbs at LindaHobbs713@gmail.com or (713) 304-2028 for more information. In addition, several other nearby cemeteries are supported: Greenmount Cemetery in Durango, Colorado, and Colorado State Veterans Cemetery at Homelake in Monte Vista, Colorado, one in Ignacio and one in Bayfield. National Wreaths Across America Day is a free, non-political community event open to everyone.
Sponsorship can be done throughout the year; however, the deadline for this year’s wreath laying is November 30. Referrals are best made through the website link above by credit card or by contacting the local coordinator directly at LindaHobbs713@gmail.com or (713) 304-2028.
Wreaths Across America is the nonprofit organization best known for placing veterans’ wreaths on the headstones of our nation’s dead at Arlington National Cemetery. However, the organization, in total, places more than 1.7 million sponsored wreaths in more than 2,700 participating locations nationwide and offers other programs throughout the calendar year. These programs include The Mobile Education Exhibit and Wreaths Across America Radio, among other educational programs.
You can sponsor a wreath for $15 at: https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/CO1869. Each sponsorship goes towards a new Veterans Balm Wreath that will be placed on the headstone of an American Hero as we strive to honor all veterans laid to rest at Hill Top Cemetery in December.
About Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery started by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – “Remember, Honor, Teach” – is achieved in part each year by coordinating December wreath-laying ceremonies in Arlington, as well as thousands of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations. in all 50 states and beyond.
For more information or to sponsor a wreath, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org or Hobbs at LindaHobbs713@gmail.com or (713) 304-2028.