In January 2021, the CGSC Foundation announced its second year of engagement with the national Wreaths Across America nonprofit organization to remember our nation’s fallen heroes during the holidays.
As promised in the January announcement, throughout 2021 the Foundation will be encouraging others to sponsor wreaths to place on graves in the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery in honor of the veterans buried there. The wreaths will be placed on National Wreaths Across America Day, Dec. 18, 2021.
One element of the national Wreaths Across America organization that many are not aware of is its streaming radio service Wreaths Across America Radio. Wreaths Across America Radio was founded in 2014 as a 24/7 Internet stream. Its unique format offers a mix of country, rock, bluegrass, and Americana music interwoven with informational and inspiring content about members of the U.S. armed forces, their families, military veterans, and volunteers throughout the country and overseas who support the nonprofits’ mission to remember, honor and teach.
Listen to Wreaths Across America Radio live atwww.wreathsacrossamerica.org/radio, via the iHeart Radio app, or download the Wreaths Across America Radio app from your favorite app store.
“Wreaths Across America Radio can help us spread the word about the mission of Wreaths Across America,” said Rod Cox, Foundation president/CEO. “It’s another way to help inspire everyone to join us in our efforts locally at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.”
The CGSC Foundation is helping honor the veterans buried at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery this December. The initial goal is to honor the 900 veterans buried in Section N of the cemetery, but the larger goal is to inspire enough people and organizations to join them in placing a wreath on every grave – more than 23,000 – in the cemetery.
The CGSC Foundation encourages all friends, family, staff, faculty, students and alumni of CGSC and the CGSC Foundation to sponsor a wreath to honor the veterans buried at Fort Leavenworth. For more information and to sponsor a wreath, visit the Foundation’s Wreaths Across America site by clicking the link below.
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.