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Wreaths Across America

Each December, the national non-profit Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and more than 2,500 other locations across all 50 states and also abroad. For the past four years, Leland’s John E. Jacobs American Legion Post #68 has been participating at Wilmington’s National Cemetery on Market Street. The effort began with 40 wreaths and has grown to more than 400. Hopes are that this year will eclipse that.

The mission of Wreaths Across America is to “Remember fallen US Veterans, Honor those who serve, and Teach children the value of Freedom.” Wreaths are sponsored by donations that pay for the wreath itself and help support partner organizations. A portion of your Wreath donation will benefit John E. Jacob’s American Legion Post #68’s efforts to assist local veterans, schools and other organizations through a variety of programs. Wreaths Across America understands and exists to support the strong emotional connection, love for America and appreciation for our military personnel and veterans.

The wreaths will be laid at Wilmington National Cemetery on Dec. 17, beginning at 12 pm.

“It is amazing how many people are not aware of our national cemetery here in Wilmington, so much history there,” event organizer John Hacker said of last year’s event. “History surrounds Wilmington National Cemetery. The grave sites are over 150 years old. WAA at Christmas allows us to take time to be really thankful for those who gave us their all for freedom. It’s a time to reflect. its very quiet there, and even though the crowds are there, it is peaceful. There is no yelling at one another, people smile and many tears are shed.”

Wreaths can be sponsored in increments of $15 per wreath with checks, payable to Wreaths Across America, given to your local American Legion member or mailed to American Legion Post 68, PO Box 521, Leland NC 2845. To donate online, simply go to


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