Submitted by Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs

On December 15, volunteer groups will gather at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake, Washington Veterans Home Cemetery in Port Orchard, and Washington Soldiers Home in Orting. In addition, many other Washington cemeteries will participate in Wreaths Across America by laying wreaths on the graves of veterans.

Photo courtesy: Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs

The event, called “Wreaths Across America”, began with the Arlington Wreath Project and has spread to over 750 Veterans Cemeteries throughout the country.

These events are possible thanks to generous donations and the efforts of volunteer coordinators at each locations.  The Washington Department of Veterans Affairs locations are:

Washington State Veterans Cemetery Medical Lake – WAWSVC
Event begins at noon.
21707 W. Espanola Rd Medical Lake WA 99022
5,100 interments
2,000 wreaths to be placed
Volunteer Location Leader:  Joyce Durrant
Contact Info:  (509) 928-1189 durrantjk@gmail.com
In honor of the 100th anniversary of armistice, a tribute will be given to the 200 individuals from Spokane who lost their lives in WWI as part of this event.

Wreaths Across America Washington State Veterans Cemetary putting out wreaths
Photo courtesy: Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs

Washington Veterans Home Cemetery Port Orchard – WAWVHR
Event begins at 9:00am
1141 Beach Dr Port Orchard WA 98378
2,749 interments
More than 1,840 wreaths to be placed.
Volunteer Location Leader: Michael Shoemaker
Contact Info: 360-516-7558

Soldiers Home Cemetery Orting – WAWVHR
Event begins at 9:00am
1141 Beach Dr Retsil WA 98378
2,265 interments
More than 2,265 wreaths to be placed.
Volunteer Location Leader: Marc Perez
Contact Info: 253-219-3012

Wreaths Across America Washington State Veterans Cemetary wreaths
Photo courtesy: Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
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