THIS YEAR, OVER 28,000 VETERANS AND THEIR DEPENDENTS ARE INTERRED AT SARASOTA NATIONAL CEMETERY. WITH YOUR DONATIONS AND SPONSORSHIPS, WE WILL LAY 19,200 VETERANS WREATHS AT THEIR FINAL RESTING PLACES OVER A 2 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.
For the 2022 Wreaths Across America Mission at Sarasota National Cemetery, the following modifications have been made to maintain a safe and successful Mission.
The Wreaths Across America 2022 Mission at Sarasota National Cemetery will span across 2 day beginning Friday afternoon, December 16th for Family First ONLY and December 17th - Family First - Ceremony - General Volunteers Laying of the Veterans Wreaths
PARKING PASS REQUIRED!
Registration for Parking Passes will be required. WE ARE FACED WITH A VERY LARGE DECREASE IN AVAILABLE PARKING. Car Pooling/Ride Share/Uber/Designated "Drop off" Driver is RECOMMENDED AND STRONGLY ENCOURAGED .
Off-site Parking for Saturday will be available for general Volunteers and Large Groups at Suncoast Community Church, located at 8000 Hawkins Rd, Sarasota FL 34241. This location is approximately 2 miles west of Sarasota National Cemetery.
ALL VOLUNTEERS WISHING TO ATTEND THE CEREMONY AND PARTICIPATE IN WREATH LAYING AFTER THE CEREMONY MUST REGISTER FOR A PARKING PASS. NO PARKING PASS, NO ADMITTANCE WILL BE ENFORCED. Registration for Parking Pass will be available by December 1, 2022.
Do NOT call Sarasota National Cemetery for information. Please email or call the Wreaths Across America Chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-448-6299.
We will continue to honor “Family First” and have allotted time frames for Family Members Only to lay their loved ones Veterans Wreaths.
Friday, December 16, 2022
FAMILY FIRST - 1pm to 4pm
NO BUSES! Passenger Vehicles Only
Family First Registration Times IMPORTANT: To ensure Family members have the opportunity to lay their loved one’s wreath, Family should email Meshia Richardson Judd, Chairman at email@example.com with their loved one’s name, Branch of Service and section number.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2022
Family First Check In -Parking Pass Required- Admission Time 8:30 to 10:00am. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with loved one's name, Branch of Service, and Section Number for further information and parking pass. Subject Line should read Family First Parking Pass.
General Volunteer Check In - Parking Pass Required - Admission Time - 9:30am-10:45am Report Directly to Patriot Plaza after Parking. Absolutely No Wreaths to be laid until AFTER the Ceremony. Parking Passes for General Volunteers will be issued After December 1st, 2022. Email email@example.com. Subject Line to read General Volunteer Parking Pass.
Handicapped- Limited Parking Available. Parking Pass required, as well as License Plate or Placard. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Subject line should read Handicapped Parking Pass for further information and parking pass.
Bus Check In - Limited Parking - Parking Pass Required. Admission Time 10:00am - 10:30am. Report Directly to Patriot Plaza after Parking. Absolutely No Wreaths to be laid until AFTER the Ceremony. Email email@example.com for further information and parking pass.
Ceremony - 11am
Remaining Wreaths will be laid after the Ceremony has concluded.
EVERYONE WISHING TO PARTICIPATE IN WREATH LAYING MUST REGISTER FOR A PARKING PASS. NO PARKING PASS, NO ADMITTANCE.
We will never forget our Veterans
Wreath Retirement Day will be January 7, 2023 at 8AM. Wear gloves and comfortable shoes and bring a FRIEND and a rake/broom for ease of removal. Registration is not necessary!