REMEMBER the Fallen. . . HONOR those who Serve. . . TEACH our children the value of Freedom.
Welcome to the Great Lakes National Cemetery 's Wreaths Across America Page.
Wreaths Across America will be at Great Lakes National Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud.
November 2020 Update: Due to the current pandemic situation, the Planning Team had to reengineer our Wreaths Across America Event this year so that we can provide a safe environment for everyone. There are many requirements that needed to be met to allow us to have our event. Which means that there are many new instructions that our volunteers need to follow. Please read carefully so that you understand how our Wreaths Across America Event will happen at Great Lakes National Cemetery.
*No Public Ceremony will take place! Cemetery staff will place 7 wreaths to honor our Veterans*
Wreath Laying on Our Heroes Grave Sites: Due to Covid-19, large gatherings of people are not allowed. In order for us to even have any type of Wreath Laying Event, the Planning Team had develop a multiple day strategy. Trucks with the wreaths are not allowed at the cemetery, so we had to secure a local “Wreath Distribution Site” where we could provide a “Drive-Thru” situation in order to keep everyone safe. Our planned distribution Days and Times are as follows:
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 – 1 to 4pm
Thursday, December 17, 2020 – 1 to 4pm
Friday, December 18, 2020 – 1 to 4pm
Saturday, December 19, 2020 – 9 to 12noon
WREATH DISTRIBUTION SITE – ASCENSION GENESYS HOSPITAL NORTH PARKING LOT (POLLOCK ROAD) 1,000 Wreaths will be distributed each day. For safe, social distancing a Drive Thru will be set up. Wreath Limit: 1 or 2 Wreaths per person In your vehicle.
After you and your family pick up your wreaths – It is up to you to decide when you want to go to the cemetery to place your wreaths to honor our heroes. Plan your trip to the cemetery. Please be aware that if you go to the cemetery on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday – There will be active interments in progress. Maybe you would prefer to go to the cemetery to place your wreaths after hours or on the weekend.
This year we will be placing wreaths in Sections 1 – 12B.
For a flyer with maps and detailed instructions - please e-mail me at email@example.com
Thank you so much for supporting Great Lakes National Cemetery and Wreaths Across America!..........Deb Rakoczy
A Fish Story Like None Other
For the last two years, retired veterans' wreaths have been collected and turned into fish habitat in Tygart Lake providing shelter from predators increasing their chances of maturing and spawning....
Wreaths Across America's Kid's Corner Presents Ellie Smith
Ellie continues to live up to their legacy in 2021, and someday Ellie would like to personally lay a veteran's wreath against her Grandpa Marshall Crews' headstone at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Colorado....
by Sara E.
by Carolyn W. for ALLEN RAY WOOD, Air Force, Honored by Great Lakes National Cemetery
4200 Belford Rd
Holly, MI 48442
Directions to Cemetery
Navigation systems do an adequate job finding the cemetery. Park in the field by the Main Entrance. Walk from your vehicle to place your wreaths in Sections 1-12B (Map Below)
Masks and Social Distancing are required!
NEW THIS YEAR!!! During the 4 day Wreath Laying Event - Park in the field by the Main Entrance. Walk from your vehicle to place your wreaths in Sections 1-12B.
Masks and Social Distancing are required!
If you want to place a wreath on a loved one’s grave site that is not in Sections 1-12B, please walk to their grave site to place the wreath. Interments will be in progress on the week days. Please do not impede the cemetery staff by trying to drive through the cemetery.
If you cannot walk to your loved one’s grave site and need to drive to the grave site, please go to the cemetery on a weekend or after hours so that you drive to the grave site.
Golf carts and rides to the grave sites are not available this year during the multiple days of wreath laying.
Ceremony and Volunteer Information
We are happy that you are willing to help with our Wreath Across America Wreath Laying Event at Great Lakes National Cemetery . Please do not forget to register to volunteer! That way you will get all updates about the cemetery itself.
Here are some things to remember about the ceremony:
- Everyone of all ages and backgrounds is welcome.
- Please help ensure that all participants get the opportunity to place a wreath.
- Please follow the location coordinators instructions on where to place wreaths, as well as "how" they should be placed.
- We especially appreciate volunteers willing to help clean-up. Please check in with the location coordinator if you are interested in helping with the clean-up. Clean-Up Day is Saturday - January 23, 2021.
- Ceremony is virtual this year
- Please note, masks and gloves are required for this event.
- Remember!!! We lay these wreaths to honor our veterans. Please do not take or remove wreaths from the cemetery.
The most important thing to remember is to have a wonderful experience placing Wreaths to achieve our mission to remember, honor and teach.