Wreath laying events set for Saturday, Dec. 17

Published 4:24 pm Tuesday, November 22, 2022

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services and community partners hold holiday wreath laying events Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022 at Virginia’s three state veterans cemeteries, including the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk.

The Horton Memorial Veterans Cemetery annual wreath laying ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in partnership with the Horton Wreath Society and other community partners.

A special program with speakers and patriotic music is planned for the event.

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At the conclusion of the program, volunteers are set place a wreath on each gravesite.

Parking is at Kings Fork High School, 351 Kings Fork Rd., with shuttle bus service to the cemetery. Shuttle service begins at 7 a.m.

There is no parking at the cemetery unless authorized in advance. The cemetery is located at 5310 Milners Road, Suffolk.

“The Commonwealth’s three state veterans cemeteries are beautiful and fitting final resting places for thousands of Virginia’s veterans. We invite all of our fellow citizens to visit the cemetery nearest to their home, participate in our wreath laying programs, and pay respect to all our veterans – many of whom may be family members and friends,” said Virginia Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Daniel Gade. “We especially appreciate the dedication and hard work of the hundreds of wreath committee members and other volunteers who raise the funds to purchase the wreaths and place them at each grave each year in December.”

The holiday wreaths will remain in place through early January.

Additional information is available at www.hortonwreathsociety.org.

The other two Virginia veterans cemeteries are located in Amelia and Dublin. For more information, please visit https://www.dvs.virginia.gov/cemeteries/cemetery-information or contact the cemetery offices.