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5th Annual Wreaths Across America

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

 

Saturday, December 13th, 2014 – 9:00 AM

Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park

11111 Aurora Ave N. – Seattle, WA 98133

Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park is hosting an annual wreath laying ceremony in conjunction with the Navy Wives Club of America, Totem #277 and Wreaths Across America.

This year Evergreen Washelli will be celebrating veterans buried within its Veterans’ Cemetery section on December 13th, 2014 at 9:00 am. Following a brief ceremony there will be laying of donated wreaths by volunteers.

This special wreath laying ceremony is to occur simultaneously with Arlington National Cemetery and other Veterans Cemeteries in all 50 states (such as the one at Evergreen Washelli) along with veteran’s burial grounds around the globe.

Wreaths Across America organizes this event with the message of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.

This event is being made possible through donated funds and hard work done by the Navy Wives Club of America. It is their vision that has made this 4th annual wreath laying ceremony possible.  Wreaths will be laid throughout the Veterans Cemetery and also at the graves of the Medal of Honor recipients. One wreath for each branch of service will be displayed at Evergreen Washelli’s Doughboy statue in memory of all who have served.

It is interesting to note that each section with the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery was named for a battle in which the United States Armed Forces participated. Bronze plaques in keeping with the military theme identifying each section of Evergreen Washelli’s Veterans Cemetery were contributed by the Puget Sound Navy Yard at Bremerton.

Donations and Volunteers are needed,  If you would like to participate in this year’s wreath laying ceremony, please contact Lorraine Zimmerman of the Totem #277 Navy Wives Club of America.  Or for more information about this event, please contact Brenda Spicer at Evergreen Washelli, 206-362-5200. For wreath donations, please refer to the link http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/store/individual-wreath-sponsorship/ for more details. Donations need to be received by November 26,2013 in order to benefit the 2013 wreath laying ceremony.

About Evergreen Washelli’s Veterans Memorial Cemetery Arlington National Cemetery is America’s most renowned veterans’ cemetery, but for the Seattle-area veterans and their spouses, being interred in Virginia would greatly hinder their loved ones from being able to visit their graves as often as they would prefer, especially prior to the jet age. As early as 1904, local veterans of the Spanish America war began to search for ways to honor their fallen comrades with a local cemetery of their own, but the start of the First World War delayed their efforts. Their search finally ended in 1927 when Clinton S. Harley, then General Manager for Evergreen Washelli, a veteran of the Spanish America War himself, offered a large section of the cemetery for the burial of veterans and their spouses. Today Evergreen Washelli has over 5000 Veterans in its care.

Previous ceremonies have been covered by Seattle’s KING TV and its affiliates, the video for 2012 is available below.

King 5 Coverage of 2012 Wreaths Across America Ceremony

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3rd Annual Wreaths Across America was a Success

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

In December, Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park hosted an annual wreath laying ceremony in conjunction with the Navy Wives Club of America, Totem #277 and Wreaths Across America.

Evergreen Washelli celebrated veterans buried within its Veterans’ Cemetery section on December 15th, 2012. There was a brief ceremony and laying of donated wreaths by volunteers.

Below are photos that were taken at this year’s wreath laying event.

View the Wreaths Across America Photo Album Here

 View the King 5 news story of this event here:

View the Wreaths Across America News Story Here

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3rd Annual Wreaths Across America

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Saturday, December 15th, 2012 – 8:45 AM

Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park

11111 Aurora Ave N. – Seattle, WA 98133

Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park is hosting an annual wreath laying ceremony in conjunction with the Navy Wives Club of America, Totem #277 and Wreaths Across America.

This year Evergreen Washelli will be celebrating veterans buried within its Veterans’ Cemetery section on December 15th, 2012 at 8:45 am. Following a brief ceremony there will be laying of donated wreaths by volunteers.

Capt. Peter M. Dawson, US Navy, Commanding Officer Naval Base Kitsap

Our guest speaker this year is Captain Peter M. Dawson Captain Pete Dawson was born in Corvallis, Oregon.  He graduated from Oregon State University, received his commission at Officer Candidate School, went to the United States Naval Nuclear Power School, Reactor Prototype trainer, and Submarine School before reporting to his first submarine assignment onboard USS KEY WEST (SSN 722) in August 1985.  His first shore assignment was as NROTC Instructor at Rice University in Houston, TX.  CAPT Dawson then served as the Navigator and Operations Officer onboard USS BALTIMORE (SSN 704). He then attended the Naval War College followed by a tour as the Submarine Operations Officer at HQ NAVSOUTH in Naples, Italy.  His third submarine assignment was as Executive Officer in USS FLORIDA (BLUE) (SSBN 728).  After a Federal Executive Fellowship at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA, CAPT Dawson attended Prospective Commanding Officer School and was assigned as the Deputy for Engineering and Readiness at Submarine Squadron Seventeen. He then reported as the first Commanding Officer of Naval Submarine Support Center Bangor, WA .  Following a tour as Deputy for Tactical Development at Submarine Development Squadron Five, he served as Deputy Chief of Strategy for Multi-National Forces, Iraq before reporting to Submarine Group Nine as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Forces and Nuclear Weapons (N9) and Readiness and Training (N4).  He took command of Naval Base Kitsap April, 2011. 

CAPT Dawson’s military awards include the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).  

He holds a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from Oregon State University, a Master of Arts (National Security Affairs) from the Naval War College, and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Political Science) from Rice University. He lives with his wife, Laurie, and their children Sarah, David, and Gideon in Seabeck, WA.

This special wreath laying ceremony is to occur simultaneously with Arlington National Cemetery and other Veterans Cemeteries in all 50 states (such as the one at Evergreen Washelli) along with veteran’s burial grounds around the globe.

Wreaths Across America organizes this event with the message of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.

This event is being made possible through donated funds and hard work done by the Navy Wives Club of America. It is their vision that has made this 3rd annual wreath laying ceremony possible.  Wreaths will be laid throughout the Veterans Cemetery and also at the graves of the Medal of Honor recipients. One wreath for each branch of service will be displayed at Evergreen Washelli’s Doughboy statue in memory of all who have served.

It is interesting to note that each section with the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery was named for a battle in which the United States Armed Forces participated. Bronze plaques in keeping with the military theme identifying each section of Evergreen Washelli’s Veterans Cemetery were contributed by the Puget Sound Navy Yard at Bremerton.

Donations and Volunteers are needed If you would like to make a donation or participate in next year’s wreath laying ceremony, please contact Lorraine Zimmerman of the Totem #277 Navy Wives Club of America.  Or for more information about this event, please contact Brenda Spicer at Evergreen Washelli, 206-362-5200.

About Evergreen Washelli’s Veterans Memorial Cemetery Arlington National Cemetery is America’s most renowned veterans’ cemetery, but for the Seattle-area veterans and their spouses, being interred in Virginia would greatly hinder their loved ones from being able to visit their graves as often as they would prefer, especially prior to the jet age. As early as 1904, local veterans of the Spanish America war began to search for ways to honor their fallen comrades with a local cemetery of their own, but the start of the First World War delayed their efforts. Their search finally ended in 1927 when Clinton S. Harley, then General Manager for Evergreen Washelli, a veteran of the Spanish America War himself, offered a large section of the cemetery for the burial of veterans and their spouses. Today Evergreen Washelli has over 5000 Veterans in its care.

Last year’s ceremony was covered by Seattle’s KING TV and its affiliates, the video is available below.

 

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Remembrance and Reflection at Wreath Ceremony

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park hosted an annual wreath laying ceremony in conjunction with the Navy Wives Club of America, Totem #277 and “Wreaths Across America” on Saturday, December 10th.  We would like to thank our guest speaker this year, Skip Dreps, and the Navy Wives Club for their tireless work to bring this event to fruition.

The Seattle ceremony was covered by Seattle’s KING TV and its affiliates, the video is available above.

This special wreath laying ceremony to honor veterans buried within the Veterans’ Cemetery section occurred simultaneously with Arlington National Cemetery and other Veterans Cemeteries in all 50 states.

“Wreaths Across America” organizes this event each year with the message of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.

Donations and Volunteers are needed If you would like to make a donation or participate in next year’s wreath laying ceremony, please contact Lorraine Zimmerman of the Totem #277 Navy Wives Club of America.

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2nd Annual Wreaths Across America

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

2nd ANNUAL WREATH LAYING CEREMONY

Wreaths Across America

“Wreaths Across America”

Saturday, December 10, 2011 – 8:45 AM

Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park

11111 Aurora Ave N. – Seattle, WA 98133

Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park is hosting an annual wreath laying ceremony in conjunction with the Navy Wives Club of America, Totem #277 and “Wreaths Across America.”

This year Evergreen-Washelli will be celebrating veterans buried within its Veterans’ Cemetery section on December 10, 2011 at 8:45 am. Following a brief ceremony there will be laying of donated wreaths by volunteers.

Guest Speaker Skip Dreps

Our guest speaker this year is Skip Dreps. Dreps was drafted into the United States Army in 1969 and re-enlisted twice before leaving military service with extensive spinal cord injuries following many airborne operations. During his military service he was a medical non-commissioned officer assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group, 173rd Airborne Brigade, the 509th Airborne Battalion Combat Team Allied Mobile Force (Europe) and assigned as a military advisor to NATO Headquarters in Shape, Belgium. His awards and decorations include the Combat Medical Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Master Parachutist Badge, and Aircrew Members Badge. He was also a graduate of the French Commando School and was awarded the French Parachutist Badge.

Following his military service he graduated from the University of Florida with a teaching degree in Secondary Schools and was an Upward Bound Instructor. He was recruited by the Paralyzed Veterans of America in 1984 and was trained as a National Service Officer. In 1997 he went to work as the Government Relations Director for the Northwest Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America until September 2008. He was a Steering Committee member of the Garden of Remembrance, a memorial at the Seattle Benaroya Hall that memorializes all Washington State sons and daughters killed in war since 1941. He served as a Board of Trustee to the Veterans Cemetery at Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery for ten years. He was a member of the Seattle VA’s Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Care Committee and served on King County’s Americans with Disabilities Advisory Board.

He served as a member of the Institutional Review Board at the Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research Corporation at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. He has been awarded the Outstanding Veteran of the Year Award by the Governor’s Veterans Advisory Committee and Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, received the White Ribbon Award by the Washington Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities, and was honored by both the Makah Nation and the Choctaw Nation for his work with the Native Americans Veterans Association. He currently serves as the Ambassador and member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, Association of Washington Generals.

This special wreath laying ceremony is to occur simultaneously with Arlington National Cemetery and other Veterans Cemeteries in all 50 states (such as the one at Evergreen Washelli) along with veteran’s burial grounds around the globe.

“Wreaths Across America” organizes this event with the message of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.

This event is being made possible through donated funds and hard work done by the Navy Wives Club of America. It is their vision that has made this 2nd annual wreath laying ceremony possible. This year the Navy Wives Club was able to secure 100 wreaths which will allow for one wreath per row of veterans buried in Evergreen Washelli’s Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Wreaths will also be laid throughout Evergreen-Washelli at the graves of the Medal of Honor recipients. One wreath for each branch of service will be displayed at Evergreen-Washelli’s Doughboy statue in memory of all who have served.

It is interesting to note that each section with the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery was named for a battle in which the United States Armed Forces participated. Bronze plaques in keeping with the military theme identifying each section of Evergreen-Washelli’s Veterans Cemetery were contributed by the Puget Sound Navy Yard at Bremerton.

Donations and Volunteers are needed If you would like to make a donation or participate in next year’s wreath laying ceremony, please contact Lorraine Zimmerman of the Totem #277 Navy Wives Club of America.  Or for more information about this event, please contact Brenda Spicer at Evergreen Washelli, 206-362-5200.

About Evergreen Washelli’s Veterans Memorial Cemetery Arlington National Cemetery is America’s most renowned veterans’ cemetery, but for the Seattle-area veterans and their spouses, being interred in Virginia would greatly hinder their loved ones from being able to visit their graves as often as they would prefer, especially prior to the jet age. As early as 1904, local veterans of the Spanish America war began to search for ways to honor their fallen comrades with a local cemetery of their own, but the start of the First World War delayed their efforts. Their search finally ended in 1927 when Clinton S. Harley, then General Manager for Evergreen Washelli, a veteran of the Spanish America War himself, offered a large section of the cemetery for the burial of veterans and their spouses. Today Evergreen Washelli has over 5000 Veterans in its care.

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Wreaths Across America

Monday, December 6th, 2010

1st ANNUAL WREATH LAYING CEREMONY

Saturday, December 11, 2011

Please join us in Honoring Our Veterans

Wreaths Across America

Hosted by Navy Wives Club of America, Inc. Totem #277

 8:45 am Saturday, December 11,2010

 Evergreen Washelli Cemetery, Seattle Chimes Tower

For further information please contact Lorraine Zimmerman 425.220.1766

 

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

Wreaths Across America was formed as an extension of the Arlington Wreath Project. The Arlington Wreath program was started by Mr. Morrill Worcester, of Worcester Wreath, in 1992 with the donation and laying of 5000 Christmas wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. 

The project received national attention in 2005 when a photo of the stones adorned with wreaths and covered in snow circulated around the internet. Thousands of requests poured in from all over the country from people wanting to emulate the Arlington project at their National and State cemeteries. Unable to donate thousands of wreaths to each state, “Wreaths Across America” was formed in 2007.  Every year a wreath for each branch of the military, including POW/MIA, is donated by Mr. Worcester to each participating ceremony.

The wreath laying is now held annually on the second Saturday of December.  Wreaths Across America would not be successful without the help of the volunteers, many active organizations and the generosity of the trucking industry.

We collectively thank our military and their families for Our Freedom!

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