Today, as is our tradition on Veterans Day, we honor the service and sacrifice of all veterans who have served this nation. Thank you and Happy Veterans Day to all who have served.
This coming holiday season the CGSC Foundation will participate with thousands of other individuals and organizations to honor fallen veterans. While Memorial Day is the day we reserve as a nation honor the fallen, the December holiday season, a special time for many Americans from all faiths and traditions, is also a time to honor those fallen veterans and other family members by placing wreaths on their graves.
On Dec. 18, National Wreaths Across America Day, the CGSC Foundation will help lead the effort to honor every grave at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery with a wreath of remembrance. The Foundation is one of the Fort Leavenworth area Wreaths Across America sponsor groups that have been working all year to gain support for the day. The Foundation’s initial goal is to honor all 900 veterans buried in Section N of the cemetery, but the larger goal is to inspire enough people to place a wreath on every grave – more than 23,000 – in the cemetery.
The Foundation is halfway to its initial goal. We still have some work to do and with your help we can make it happen.
Wreaths can be sponsored for $15 each. Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 is the cutoff date for wreath sponsorship.
Honor Veterans with us this holiday season by sponsoring a wreath using the link on this page, and consider joining us at 11 a.m., Dec. 18, at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery to help us Remember and Honor our nation’s veterans by laying wreaths on their graves.
Together, we can honor them all.
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at thousands of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.
The Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery was established in 1862 as one of 14 national cemeteries at that time. Today the cemetery has more than 23,000 graves of veterans representing every conflict since 1812. Notable veterans buried at Fort Leavenworth include Captain James Allen, 1st U.S. Dragoons, who died in August 1846. Allen’s is the oldest known military grave in the cemetery. Also, the remains of Brigadier General Leavenworth, the fort’s namesake, were disinterred from Woodland Cemetery in Delhi, N.Y., and reinterred in the national cemetery on Memorial Day in 1902. Nine Medal of Honor recipients are also buried there, including Capt. Thomas W. Custer, brother of Lt. Col. George Custer. Thomas received the Medal of Honor twice while serving in the U.S. Army, Company B, 6th Michigan Cavalry; first for capturing the flag at Namozine Church, Virginia, on May 3, 1865, and second for actions at Sailor’s Creek, Virginia, April 1865. Custer died in 1876.