Wreaths Across America at Wyuka

2018 WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY


2019 WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY

This is Wyuka’s tenth year participating in WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA.

2019 Theme: “Everyone Plays A Part!”

This years event date is Saturday, December 14, 2019

Starting at 11:00am

*Use the Vine Street entrance

 

Outcome for 2018 wreath laying ceremony 

1,640 locations worldwide

1.8 million wreaths placed

2018 Theme: “Be Their Witness”

On Saturday, December 15, 2018, beautiful 20-inch fresh evergreen wreaths with hand-tied red velveteen bows will be placed on veteran graves in Wyuka Cemetery. There are over 1700 military graves in Wyuka’s three Soldier Circles, represented by those who served in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, WWI and II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan..  For a video interview including details on how to purchase wreaths with your donation see City Focus interview with Wyuka Historical Foundation Vice President Diane Bartels (NOTE: interview starts at 15:42).

The tradition of placing wreaths to honor our veterans during the holiday season began in 1992 when Morrill Worcester of the Worcester Wreath Company (Harrington, Maine) donated 5,000 wreaths to be placed at the headstones in an older section of Arlington National Cemetery. He had visited there as a boy and never forgot the sight of those thousands of white marble monuments on sacred ground.

Last year at over 1,400 locations around our country, 24 off-shore cemeteries, and ships in the Seven Seas, wreaths were placed in respect for our veterans. Wyuka is the only cemetery in Lincoln which participates in Wreaths Across America, and thus helps us to REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those who serve and their families, and TEACH our children the commitment and sacrifice men and women made to protect our freedoms. This will be Wyuka’s ninth year to help show our veterans have not been forgotten.

We invite the public to join us for a short program at 11:00 a.m. , Vine St. entrance,  on December 15,  and help us to lay the wreaths.

• Wreaths are $15 each. All donations go toward the purchase of wreaths.
• Checks to be made payable to Wyuka Historical Foundation
• You will receive a letter acknowledging your 501(c) (3) tax deductible donation

Please send to Wyuka Historical Foundation
3600 “O” St.
Lincoln NE 68510

• Donation DEADLINE: Monday, November 19
• If you choose to donate online: wreathsacrossamerica.org
Location ID: NEWYKC
Group ID: NE0014
• For grave specific information or questions, please contact:
Diane Bartels
402-429-3342
DBSharpie@aol.com