From staff reports
Once again this year, Wreaths Across America (WAA) will lay wreaths on graves at Beaufort National Cemetery, with the event taking place Saturday, Dec. 18. Wreath-laying ceremonies will take place that day in Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,600 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.
WAA’s mission is to “Remember, Honor, and Teach” about the sacrifices made by veterans of every conflict in which our country has been involved since the Spanish American War.
Beaufort National Cemetery was established in 1863 (prior to the Spanish American War) as one of six national cemeteries for the interment of soldiers and sailors who sacrificed during the Civil War. It now contains the remains of veterans of every race and religion who are no longer with us. Each and every one sacrificed by serving to preserve our freedom and democracy.
While COVID-19 did not allow a formal public ceremony last year, WAA hopes the ceremony will be able to be held this year. Wreaths will be laid that day on the graves and at the Columbarium that day. Volunteers are invited to participate in the laying of wreaths, while observing cemetery, local, and CDC guidelines by wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
To purchase at least one wreath to be sent to Beaufort National Cemetery, the cost is $15 per wreath. If the purchasing organization is not a Local Sponsoring Group, please support the efforts of the Thomas Heyward, Jr., Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Local Sponsoring Group Code SC0045. The purchase of two wreaths for $30 guarantees a third wreath will be sent to Beaufort National Cemetery by WAA at no cost (the attached form includes the Beaufort National Cemetery ID SCBNCB).
There are more than 22,000 veterans interred in Beaufort National Cemetery, and the goal is a wreath for every veteran.
Wreaths may also be purchased at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. Select LOCAL SPONSORING GROUP; choose the number of wreaths you wish to purchase; enter Thomas Heyward, Jr. Chapter; proceed to checkout and use a credit card or PayPal; complete the sale. Your purchase is tax deductible.
Orders for wreaths must be received by Wreaths Across America no later than November 30. The address is on the attached form.