A Wreaths Across America Day ceremony is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ascension Veterans Memorial Park in Gonzales.
The Ascension Veterans Associations is hosting the ceremony, which will include the placement of seven ceremonial wreaths to remember all military personnel “who served, honor their sacrifices, and teach our younger generations about the high cost of our freedoms,” AVA committee chairwoman Tanya Whitney said in a news release.
Specially designated wreaths for the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and POW/MIA will be placed during a ceremony that will be coordinated simultaneously at more than 1,000 participating locations across the country.
After the ceremony, the AVA will distribute wreaths to volunteers who will place wreaths on the grave sites of veterans throughout the parish, she said.
The AVA also has a minimum number of wreaths that are available for purchase through Dec. 12.
In 2015 it is estimated that about 1 million wreaths will be placed nationwide, by over 600,000 volunteers as part of the Wreaths Across America. Currently, 130 wreaths are slated for placement during the AVA’s inaugural event in Ascension Parish.
The group is starting its 2016 campaign in January and hopes to double its efforts next year.
Wreaths Across America is a national nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, in 1992.
For more information, contact Whitney at (256) 656-2124 or Missy Jandura at (225) 936-2473. For information, visit, www.facebook.com/ascension.veteransassociations or ascensionveteransassociations.org.