November 23 – There are only a few days left to sponsor a wreath in honor of the more than 4,000 veterans buried in Sutter County cemeteries during the Wreaths Across America event on December 18.
Since 2008, Congress has designated a date in December of each year as National Wreath Day across America to remember and honor veterans, and each year ceremonies are held in cemeteries across the country to lay down memorials. wreaths on the graves of each of the dead.
Tom Walther, public relations coordinator for Yuba-Sutter Stand Down’s Wreaths Across America program, said last Friday that only 600 wreaths had been sponsored for the local program.
“We’re down this year and I don’t know why,” Walther said.
Cemeteries participating in the Yuba-Sutter Stand Down program include Meridian, Sutter, and Yuba City.
According to Walther, Sierra View Cemetery and Marysville Cemetery will also participate this year, but those programs are not overseen by Yuba-Sutter Stand Down.
The deadline to buy a crown is this Friday. Any wreaths purchased after this date will go to the ceremony next year.
Crowns cost $ 15 each and Walther said if you buy through Stand Down you can buy two and get a third crown for free.
Walther said Wreaths Across America ceremonies will take place at all three Sutter County venues on December 18, but the largest ceremony will take place at Sutter Cemetery, located at 7200 Butte Ave., Sutter.
The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. and the public is invited to attend.
Walther said speakers at the ceremony will include the Beale Air Base Wing Deputy Commander and Senator Jim Nielsen.
After the ceremony, any wreaths purchased will be placed at a veteran’s grave in all three cemeteries, and Walther said the hope is to provide a wreath for each veteran.
For more information on how to donate, call Walther at 530-218-3847, or donate online at www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org. On the website, users can search for a local location by clicking “Find a specific location”.