November 28, 2022

Wreaths Across America Benefit Concert at Alabama National Cemetery – Shelby County Reporter

Concert to benefit Wreaths Across America at Alabama National Cemetery

Posted at 10:24 a.m. on Thursday, October 14, 2021

STAFF REPORTS

The Alabama National Cemetery Support Committee will host a fundraising event for Wreaths Across America this weekend.

“Homeland: Concert for a Cause” is scheduled for Sunday, October 17 at 3 p.m. at Bluff Park United Methodist Church, 733 Valley Street in Hoover.

All proceeds benefit Wreaths Across America at the Alabama National Cemetery. Although there is no admission fee, a minimum donation of $15 per person, the price of a living balm wreath, is suggested and appreciated.

Homeland is a well-known vocal group dedicated to supporting American troops, veterans, and American patriots who enjoy freedoms.

The group has been performing for over two decades at Christian events, conferences, meetings and services.

Homeland has shared the stage with entertainment legends such as Paul Revere and the Raiders, Nancy Sinatra and Billy Ray Cyrus; and performed at major events including Joint Chiefs of Staff, History Channel TV Celebrity Marine Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey, at the National Memorial Day Parade, the United States Capitol, Rolling Thunder Vietnam Veterans rally in Washington, D.C. for some 350,000 veterans and countless wounded warrior events and ceremonies memorials for fallen heroes.

Donations can be made during the concert, in cash, by check or by credit card. Donations can also be made in advance by visiting the SCALNC website page, Programs at ALNC (Scalnc.org/programs-at-alnc) and scrolling to “Donate to Wreaths Across America at ALNC”.

According to the SCALNC website, “The Alabama National Cemetery (ALNC) is the final resting place of thousands of our nations heroes and is an enduring tribute to the military service and sacrifice of those willing to give their life for freedom A visit to the hallowed ground of the cemetery is a moving reminder of the debt of gratitude we owe, not only to those buried within, but also to their families for their sacrifice.

ALNC occupies 479 acres of rolling woodland that will serve more than 225,000 eligible Patriots over the next 50 years. It is located at 3133 Alabama 119 in Montevallo.

“As the cemetery grows, so does our need for donors,” said SCALNC President Pam Nichols. “The slogan of Wreaths Across America (WAA) is: Remember, Honor, Teach. WAA at ALNC has become a symbol of this slogan as we remember and honor our dead, while teaching our children the price of freedom.

Nichols said that with the help of the community during the holiday season, SCALNC is able to accomplish this mission while comforting the families of military service members who are buried at ALNC, by placing a wreath of living balm on every grave in honor and in memory of their service and sacrifice.

“Over the past two years, the cemetery has grown at a faster rate, especially during the pandemic,” Nichols said. “Last year, nearly 8,000 crowns were placed, and we expect to need more than 9,000 this year.”

The 13th Annual Wreaths Across America at ALNC is scheduled for Saturday, December 18 at 11 a.m.

The event is open to the public and historically (pre-COVID) has attracted nearly 3,000 attendees.

Family members have the opportunity to lay wreaths at the graves of loved ones, with the remaining wreaths being laid by volunteers.

For more information on the ceremony or to inquire about volunteering, visit: Scalnc.org/programs-at-alnc or ask questions at: [email protected]