REMEMBER the Fallen. . . HONOR those who Serve. . . TEACH our children the value of Freedom.

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Each December at Wyuka Cemetery we honor our deceased soldiers that are buried in the three military circles with a fresh evergreen wreath with a traditional hand tied red bow placed on their headstone. Donations are encouraged and appreciated to cover the $15 cost of a wreath.

This years ceremony is December 18th starting at 11 a.m. We invite the public to join us for a short program. Please use the Vine Street entrance to watch the program and afterwards, help us to lay the wreaths.

The wreaths are ordered and shipped from Worchester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine under their non-profit world-wide Wreaths Across America. Donations are accepted to cover the cost of a wreath.

  • Each wreath are $15. All donations go toward the purchase of the wreaths.
  • Checks are to be made payable to: Wyuka Historical Foundation
  • Be sure to write Wreaths in the memo line.
  • You will receive a letter acknowledging your 501(3)(c) tax deductible donation.
  • Each wreath are $15. All donations go toward the purchase of the wreaths.
  • Checks are to be made payable to: Wyuka Historical Foundation
  • Be sure to write Wreaths in the memo line.
  • You will receive a letter acknowledging your 501(3)(c) tax deductible donation.

Please send your donation to:

Wyuka Historical Foundation

3600 “O” Street

Lincoln, Nebraska 68510

If you choose to donate online, please visit: Wreaths Across America

Location ID: NEWYKC

Group ID: NE0014

For more information or if you have questions, please contact:

Diane Bartels

(402)429-3342

[email protected]

Pictured with Melvin is Foundation Directors Diane Bartels and Joyce Peck. (left to right)

Melvin Bates, a Lincolnite who served his country, would take an empty glass jar at the first of each year and would place his loose change in it during that year. He would call each new jar his “stupid jar” and every November he would bring this jar and present it to the Wyuka Historical Foundation.

Melvin has been honoring his follow soldiers this way for countless years. Melvin passed away on November 26th, 2020, but he did not miss dropping off his jar at Wyuka Cementery. We will miss his smile and his visit during the Wreaths Across America event.

Rest in peace; October 31st, 1926 to November 26th, 2020.