Missouri Veterans Commission News Release

JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR

Contact:

LARRY D. KAY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

News Release ID: N03110003

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jefferson City

November 29, 2011

Missouri State Veterans Cemeteries To Host Wreaths Across America Ceremony

The Missouri Veterans Commission's six State Veterans Cemeteries will host Wreaths Across America, a holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember our nation's Veterans on Saturday, December 10, 2011.

The Worcester Wreath Company began donating holiday wreaths in tribute to Veterans laid to rest at VA's 131 national cemeteries and 79 state Veterans cemeteries in 2006.  For the past 19 years, they have donated wreaths for gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery. In addition to wreaths placed at Arlington, Worcester Wreath will donate seven ceremonial wreaths to each of over 350 state and national Veterans cemeteries across the country.

"We owe a great debt of gratitude to those who sacrificed their lives so we could live free. This ceremony honors Veterans, Active Duty military, and their families by not forgetting, by remembering what they did and what they stood for," said Larry D. Kay, Executive Director of the commission.

The cemetery locations and times are as follows:
Bloomfield Veterans Cemetery
17357 Stars and Stripes Way
Bloomfield, MO 63825
573-568-3871
Ceremony begins at 11:00 am.

Higginsville Veterans Cemetery
20109 Business Hwy. 13
Higginsville, MO 64037
660-584-5252
Ceremony begins at 11:00 am.

Fort Leonard Wood Veterans Cemetery
25350 Highway H
Waynesville, MO 65583
573-774-3496
Ceremony begins at 11:00 am

Jacksonville Veterans Cemetery
1479 County Road 1675
Jacksonville, MO 65260
Phone: 660-295-4237
Ceremony begins at 11:00 am.

Springfield Veterans Cemetery
5201 South Southwood
Springfield, MO 65804
Phone: 417-823-3944
Ceremony begins at 11:00 am.

St. James Veterans Cemetery
620 N. Jefferson
St. James, MO 65559
Phone: 573-265-3271
Ceremony begins at 1:00 pm.

The Missouri Veterans Commission operates seven State Veterans Homes, six State Veterans Cemeteries, and the Veterans Services Program.  The Commission is committed to honoring and serving Missouri's Veterans whose dedication and sacrifices have preserved our nation and its freedoms.  For more information about the Missouri Veterans Commission programs, call 573-751-3779 online at www.mvc.dps.mo.gov or on Facebook.

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For more information, call (573) 751-3779 or e-mail daniel.bell@mvc.dps.mo.gov