Wreath Retirement – Jan. 27

Wreath Retirement – Jan. 27

On Dec. 16, 2023 National Wreaths Across America Day, the CGSC Foundation helped honor veterans’ graves at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery with wreaths of remembrance.

A view of section P of the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery on national Wreaths Across America day, Dec. 16, 2023, at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.

A view of section P of the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery on national Wreaths Across America day, Dec. 16, 2023, at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.

If you missed WAA Day on Dec. 16, you can still help honor veterans by helping us pick up all the wreaths on Jan. 27, 2024 at 10 a.m. (The date was previously scheduled for Jan. 20, but has been postponed because of the weather conditions.) Park across the street at the Frontier Conference Center (350 Biddle Blvd.)

Diana Pitts, the WAA coordinator for the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery has advised anyone attending to bring a broomstick, length of pvc pipe or a wagon to help pick up multiple wreaths at a time. She also advised she needs a few trucks with trailers. Contact Diana at dianawaa2017@yahoo.com if you want to offer your truck and trailer so she can put you on the list. Additionally, for anyone with goats, she said this is a great time to get some great vitamin C packed snacks for them.

The Wreaths Across America mission is to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach the next generation the value of freedom. The CGSC Foundation is one of many sponsor groups for the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery that works to support this mission. Thanks to everyone that sponsored a wreath through the CGSC Foundation in 2023. The campaign for 2024 has already begun. – Click the link below to sponsor a wreath and help us get a head start on WAA Day 2024!

Wreaths Across America link button

For more photos from WAA Day 2023, see the CGSC Foundation Flickr album

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.

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