Wreath-laying ceremonies will be held at Veterans Cemeteries across the country on Saturday.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to Missouri Veterans Commission Public Information Officer Daniel Bell:

Daniel Bell

Bell says it’s a tradition that got its start in 1992.  “It was originally founded by the Worcester Wreath company on the east coast,” said Bell,” They originally started our donating wreaths to the cemetery in Arlington.  Over the years, it has grown to where they now provide seven ceremonial wreaths for every national and state-run veterans cemetery in the country.”

Bell says the event is especially important to family members of those who served.  “It lets them know that the sacrifices of their loved ones are not being forgotten,” said Bell,” What they have done will be and is being remembered as days go on.”

The ceremony at the veterans cemetery in Higginsville is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m.

Press Release:

Wreaths Across America, a national wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember our nation’s Veterans will be held at all six Missouri State Veterans Cemeteries on Saturday, December 15, 2012.

In 1992, the Worcester Wreath Company began donating wreaths to be placed at the headstones in Arlington National Cemetery. Building on this tradition, the company in 2006 began donating 7 ceremonial wreaths to each state and national Veterans cemetery in the country. Today, many individuals and organizations hold campaigns to purchase additional wreaths to be placed at headstones in these cemeteries. More information can be found at their website at http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/. “This ceremony honors Veterans, Active Duty military, and their families by not forgetting, by remembering what they did and what they stood for,” said Larry D. Kay, Executive Director of the Missouri Veterans Commission, “We owe a great debt of gratitude to those who sacrificed their lives so we could live free and this is one small way to recognize that debt.”

The cemetery locations and wreath-laying ceremony times are:


Bloomfield Veterans Cemetery

17357 Stars and Stripes Way
Bloomfield, MO 63825

Ceremony begins at 11:00 am

Higginsville Veterans Cemetery

20109 Business Hwy. 13
Higginsville, MO 64037

Ceremony begins at 11:00 am

Fort Leonard Wood Veterans Cemetery

25350 Highway H

Waynesville, MO 65583


Ceremony begins at 11:00 am

Jacksonville Veterans Cemetery1479 County Road 1675
Jacksonville, MO 65260
Phone: 660-295-4237

Ceremony begins at 11:00 am

Springfield Veterans Cemetery

5201 South Southwood
Springfield, MO 65804
Phone: 417-823-3944

Ceremony begins at 11:00 am

St. James Veterans Cemetery

620 N. Jefferson
St. James, MO 65559
Phone: 573-265-3271

Ceremony begins at 12:30 pm

The Missouri Veterans Commission operates seven State Veterans Homes, six State Veterans Cemeteries, and the Veterans Services Program. The Commission is committed to honoring and serving Missouri’s Veterans whose dedication and sacrifices have preserved our nation and its freedoms. For more information about the Missouri Veterans Commission programs, call 573-751-3779, online at www.mvc.dps.mo.gov or on Facebook.