THIS YEAR, OVER 22,000 VETERANS AND THEIR DEPENDENTS ARE INTERRED AT SARASOTA NATIONAL CEMETERY. WITH YOUR DONATIONS AND SPONSORSHIPS, WE WILL LAY 16,200 VETERANS WREATHS AT THEIR FINAL RESTING PLACES OVER A 3 DAY SPAN IN DECEMBER. SPONSORSHIPS AND DONATIONS IN ANY DOLLAR AMOUNT ARE ACCEPTED. FOR EVERY TWO WREATHS YOU SPONSOR, A THIRD WREATH IS ADDED TO OUR ORDER BY WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA.
THE 2020 REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY WILL BE A PRIVATE CEREMONY AND WILL NOT BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. A LINK TO VIEW THE CEREMONY WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THIS PAGE AND ON SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES ON DECEMBER 19, 2020.
ANYONE WISHING TO PARTICIPATE IN WREATH LAYING MUST REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER, NO EXCEPTIONS. SEE VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION.
MASKS AND GLOVES ARE REQUIRED, SOCIAL DISTANCING IS REQUIRED.
We will never forget our Veterans
Wreath Retirement Day will be January 9, 2021 at Daybreak. Wear gloves and comfortable shoes and bring a FRIEND and a rake/broom for ease of removal. Registration is not necessary!
This year, the National Wreaths Across America Day ceremony for Sarasota National Cemetery will be a private ceremony. We are actively monitoring the requirements set forth by county health officials relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and have made necessary modifications to our plans for the laying of Veterans wreaths according to the mandate of the National Cemetery Administration.
Guidelines for 2020
1. Families and Volunteers must register for this year's wreath laying. Bring your Registration with you for entrance to the cemetery.
2. No Buses permitted
3. PASSENGER VEHICLES NOT TO EXCEED SIX PEOPLE AND MOTORCYCLES ARE PERMITTED.
4. Masks and Gloves are required.
5. Social distancing is required.
We will be laying wreaths in the following times frames:
Thursday December 17 - Family Only from 8am to 11am
Friday December 18- Family Only from 8am to 10am
Saturday December 19 - Family Only from 8am to 10am.
Thursday - 11am to 4:45pm
Friday - 10am to 4:45pm
Saturday - 10am to 4:45pm
Car Pooling is encouraged and strongly recommended