Wreaths Across America Day
Saturday, 17 Dec 16
Jacksonville National Cemetery
4083 Lannie Road
Jacksonville, FL 32218
The Wreaths Across America Day program starts at 11:45am
“Say Their Names”
NOTE: The wreaths for the Jacksonville National Cemetery will be arriving in Jacksonville any time between Monday, 12 Dec 16 and Friday, 16 Dec 16. The drivers are supposed to contact us when they are 24 hours out. If the wreaths are palletized we will need volunteers to help if any of the box stacks have toppled over. If the wreaths are floor loaded we will need volunteers to help transfer the wreaths from the over the road trucks into the local delivery trucks. We need volunteers! As soon as I hear from the drivers I will post the details on our website, and on our Facebook page. www.WreathsAcrossAmericaJacksonville.com/volunteer-opportunities/ www.Facebook.com/WAAatJNC
On behalf of the Patriot Guard Riders and our other Fundraising Groups we thank you for your support of Wreaths Across America Day 2016 at the Jacksonville National Cemetery! With your support we will place over 8300 wreaths this year, one for every headstone!!
Buses or large capacity vans needed!
We need volunteers to help transport people between off site parking and around the cemetery. The Boy Scouts of Troop 268 / Mandarin United Church will have their bus there to help. XL Carts is donating the use of several of their carts! However, if anyone can help us in getting a couple more buses/vans that will help out a lot. If you do, please have the driver let our parking volunteers know they are here to help shuttle participants.
Please feel free to bring a chair or two. If you know of a group or organization that can bring chairs please let them know to be at the cemetery at 9:00am. Please let our parking volunteers know that you are delivering chairs for the program. Bringing your own chair is strongly encouraged!!
Wreaths Across America Day Timeline
6:00am – Arrival time for parking volunteers
7:00am – Arrival time for Truck and Section Crew Chiefs (those who will organize the unloading and staging of the wreaths)
7:30am – Volunteer arrival time to unload the wreath trucks and stage the wreaths
8:30am – Wreath Escort arrives (estimated arrival best conditions)
10:00am – Arrival time for those groups helping to hand out the wreaths, our younger youth groups, Military Honors team
11:30am – All others attending please be on property no later than 11:30am
11:45am – Program starts
12:00pm – Nationwide coordinated minute of silence
- Wreath Escort if you are interested in the Escort of the Wreaths please visit our website, http://wreathsacrossamericajacksonville.com/wreath-escort/. Motorcycles only please.
- Volunteers to unload the truck and stage wreaths. Anyone is welcome to come out and help get the wreaths ready for the program.
- Youth and other groups to help hand out the wreaths. All groups are welcome to help with this element as well.
- If you would like to help with the unloading or handing out of the wreaths anyone can help. Be advised the unloading of the truck is not a smaller child event.
NOTE: When the scripted program has concluded we have those families members present go and place a Remembrance wreath upon their loved ones headstone. If you do not have a family member laid to rest here at the Jacksonville National Cemetery please allow those families time to place the wreath. We will make an announcement over the PA system for everyone else to place the remaining wreaths. We thank you for allowing these families the time with their loved one.
After the scripted part of the program concludes, those with a loved one laid to rest in sections 1, 2, 3 and 4 who cannot walk for long distances we will have the shuttle bus and Golf carts to transport you to those sections. We will do the best that we can to get you to the front of the cemetery. However we are limited by the amount of donated vehicles.
Families with loved ones laid to rest in the Columbariums and Section 11 please proceed to those areas. As in previous years Patriot Guard Riders State Captain John Vincent will lead the wreath laying for the Columbariums.
While the bus and golf carts are loading families with loved ones in sections 1, 2, 3 and 4 we are asking those with loved ones in Sections 7, 8 and 9 to watch out for the bus and golf carts as they move out.
After a reasonable amount of time has passed to allow all of the wreaths to be placed and for everyone to socialize with those you have met over the years of visiting your loved ones. We will have everyone reassemble at the ceremonial area of the cemetery at Committal Shelter 1 for the closing of Wreaths Across America 2015. Since everyone will be spread across the cemetery farther than ever before we will employ our Bugler to announce that it is time for “assembly”, http://www.music.army.mil/music/buglecalls/assembly.asp.
Once everyone reassembles we will close the program with the Benediction, the Three Shot Volley and then Taps will be played to conclude this year’s Wreaths Across America Day.
If you have a family member laid to rest at the Jacksonville National Cemetery I will be sending our “family” email later today (11 Dec 16). If have family laid to rest and do not receive our JNC Family emails and would like to, please go to our contact page and send me a message to be added.
Please remember if you know someone that is also attending please carpool! Parking is limited and we are anticipating more participants than last year, so carpooling will be a huge help!
Motorcycle parking will again be on the roadway between the Memorial Wall and the Columbariums/Assembly Area.
We need volunteers to help with parking to move everyone as smoothly and quickly before and after. If you, your group or organization can help, please arrive at the cemetery at 7:00am. We have a few reflective vests, but if you have your own please bring them.
We will again be using the area in front of Committal Shelter 1 (closest to Section 9)
As always the Wreaths Across America program is open to the public. If you would like to participate in any way please join us.
If this will be your first time joining us, bringing a pair of cheap cotton gloves is advised. With the wreaths being made of fresh balsam fir they do have sap on them!
Our thanks to each of you for your willingness to support Wreaths Across America. Along with our thanks to each of you for your support of our Country’s Heroes. For those of you receiving this who are Veterans, our thanks to you for your dedicated service to our Country!
We are looking forward to you joining us this Saturday as we Remember the Fallen, Honor those who serve and Teach our children the value of freedom.