Spouses Club partners with ‘Wreaths Across America’

Wreaths lay on every head stone of military service members in Arlington National Cemetery. Thousands of volunteers gathered to lay wreaths. (U.S. Air force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md – As the holiday season approaches, and “to-do” lists become inundated with tasks such as wrapping presents, baking cookies, and hanging lights, people may forget about the ultimate sacrifice made by some so that others can live freely.


Veterans interred in cemeteries around the country can be remembered during the holiday season with wreaths placed on their final resting place.

The APG Community Spouses Club has taken on the task of attempting to lay a wreath on every grave on both APG North (Aberdeen) and South (Edgewood) Dec. 17. In partnership with the local chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the group will participate in the “Wreaths across America,” program which has honored veterans during the holidays since 1992. The program is best known for laying thousands of wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery.

“Both locations of APG are home to hallowed ground where men and women who served our country are interred,” said Ancient Order of Hibernians member Thomas O’Hara. “As a tribute to these men and women we are going to expand the “Wreaths across America” initiative to include our… cemeteries at APG North and South.”

Both organizations hope to raise enough money to purchase 454 wreaths, or one for each headstone on the installation.

For more information about “Wreaths across America,” or to get involved, email apgcommunityspousesclub@gmail.com or visit http://wreaths.fastport.com/donatelocation.html?page=38880.

Story by Lauren Finnegan, APG News