On Saturday, Dec. 17, the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona will transform from colors of desert sand to those of green and red, as Wreaths Across America volunteers decorate veterans’ graves.
The cemetery is located in Phoenix at 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd. and the public is invited to attend the opening ceremony at 10 a.m. a press release stated.
WAA started as a simple gesture of thanks, which grew into a national movement of both dedicated volunteers and communities coming together. More than 2.4 million veterans’ wreaths were placed nationwide in 2021. This year, there will be more than 3,100 participating locations with more than two million volunteers. Locally, more than 14,000 wreaths were placed at the National Cemetery.
“But there are more than 70,000 graves, so we would love to see more wreaths,” said Kitty Woodward, co-chair of the Paradise Valley Daughters of the American Revolution chapter’s WAA committee.
Wreaths must be ordered before Nov. 28 and can be purchased for $15 each at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/AZ0025P (location ID #AZNMCP) or by contacting Woodward at email@example.com.
If a wreath is purchased through the Paradise Valley DAR, a small portion of the cost is given back to the chapter, which is then used to purchase additional wreaths and send care packages to troops overseas.