Wreaths for NH Veterans Cemetery

JUST IN FROM MIKE HORNE ~ NH Veterans Cemetery:

Good morning all,

Based on conditions today at the NH Veterans Cemetery our concerns are that the wreaths will be difficult to remove with lots of water on top of the frozen ground, under the snow, I’m recommending that we cancel Saturday’s wreath pick-up.

The forecast is 3 days of COLD and mostly well below freezing so things will be turning into blocks of ice.

I strongly considering that we (cemetery staff) do the pick-up last this spring as things thaw out Vs. trying to rescheduling.

Michael Horne, Director

 

We will be laying 1,000 wreaths at the NH Veterans Cemetery

on December 14, 2013 ~ Starting at 10:30am

Slideshows from past years

Wreaths for Boscawen 2007

Wreaths of Remembrance ~ Thank you DeeDee Rice

Wreaths for Boscawen 2011 ~ Thank you to all how contributed photos

Wreaths for Boscawen 2012 ~ Thank you Dede Briggs

Wreaths for Boscawen 2013 ~ Thank you Doc Strode

Wreaths for Boscawen 2013 ~ Thank you Terry Clark

Wreaths for Boscawen 2013 ~ Thank you Dede Briggs


A special Thank You to all who have served in our
Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard

We want to share with you a great event that is happening in New Hampshire on December 14, 2013.

This is an idea that started with a Gold Star Family in 2007 and was inspired by the wreaths placed at Arlington National Cemetery (Worcester Wreath Company) the Blue Star Mothers decided we needed to answer this Christmas wish.

If you would like to make a donation to help us purchase a 12" Balsam Wreath with a four loop red bow is $6.50, our wreaths are purchased locally and delivered to the NH Veterans Cemetery on December 14th. Download the donation form ~ you may make your donation in Honor of or in Memory of someone that will be entered on our Tribute page. Please make checks payable to:

Blue Star Mothers of NH ~ Wreaths
11 Jameson Ave
Gilford, NH 03249


You can now make a donation with PayPal (make sure to add "in Memory of or in Honor of" ) in your donation to be added to our Thank You page. Or Download the donation form

Please Save the Date:

Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 10:30am – Placing Wreaths

Saturday, January 11, 2014 – 10:00AM – Pick-Up Wreaths

The Blue Star Mothers of NH, sponsor of the program - Wreaths at Boscawen. Each year the sections are rotated, so all veterans and their families are honored (since 2007). This year the sections will include: Sections 1K thru 1S and Section 3. The wreaths being placed are 12" and will have a red ribbon.  The wreath laying event will coincide with the day that the wreaths are placed on the graves at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) will hold a ceremony at the Circle of Flags at Noon in conjunction with Wreaths Across America.   The ceremony coincides with similar ceremonies across the United States of America with placing ceremonial wreaths on the military service markers.  We invite you all to stay and support the CAP and Wreaths  Across America.

Wreaths at Boscawen will be an annual event and the wreaths will be placed on different sections each year (currently plan for a 4 year rotation of sections).  If you or someone you know has a loved one interred in a different section than the designated area, then they would be responsible to purchase/place the wreath.

Thank you for your continued support.  We look forward to seeing you in December!!!

Blessings,

Susan
Proud Blue Star Mom  

Our theme for this year is “Come with a Mission – Leave with a Memory.”

Below is a link to the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery map where you view the sections [Sections 1K thru 1S and Section 3] to be covered with wreaths on Saturday, December 14th 2013 for National Wreaths Across America Day.

Download and print a cemetery map: http://nhsvc.com/introduction

Here are several Frequently Asked Questions that folks might be wondering:

How can I sponsor a wreath – is it too late? How many wreaths will be placed in 2013?

You can make a donation for a wreath with this link. Any donations received after the event will carry over to 2014.

What if I would like to place a wreath for a loved one in a section not listed on the map of this year’s sections?

At the opening ceremony, all attendees will be invited to take a wreath and place it in a designated section OR to place it on the headstone of a loved one. The designated sections are chosen to help organize the efforts each year, and are rotated so that all our veterans and their families will be honored.

Here is a link to the Burial Archive to help you locate a friend or family member buried at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery: Burial Archive: http://nhsvc.com/burials

I am not able to attend this year – how can I get a wreath placed for loved one?

Blue Star Mothers of New Hampshire is a volunteer organization and so the only way to do grave specific placements is to depend on our volunteers who will be participating on Saturday. We cannot promise grave specific placements, but if you would like to post a note on your donation form with the specific details and locations – we have many volunteers in attendance that day who will do their best to accommodate.

Do you place a wreath on every headstone, including the ones with the Star of David?

We so many locations participating each is informed each year that our policy is to follow the direction of the Cemetery Administration (where we are guests). We also share the policy and practice at Arlington National Cemetery, where volunteers are asked to stop, pay their respects in appreciation, but to not place a wreath on the stones bearing the Star of David. The only exception is when families of the deceased request a wreath, and then their wishes are honored.

Last year Admiral and Rabbi Robinson spoke at Arlington about the importance of honoring our different faiths as a freedom for which our veterans serve and sacrifice. We are hoping to make that recording available to all this December.

Thank you for your concern and please know that our goal is to honor all veterans, in the most appropriate ways. So we have been reaching out to include additional voices and perspectives. Wreaths Across America is all inclusive, non-partisan, and non-denominational. Here is the official Wreaths Across America policy:

Wreaths Across America is not affiliated with any religion or political view. It is our mission to Remember all the fallen, Honor their families and Teach our children about the cost of freedom. Because we are a guest at the more than 900 participating cemeteries we visit each year, we abide by each cemetery’s rules when it comes to the placement of wreaths on veterans’ headstones. At those cemeteries without a formal policy, we do not place a wreath on the headstones of those graves marked with the Star of David, out of respect for Jewish custom. We simply pause and pay our respects. The only exception is when families of the deceased request a wreath, and then their wishes are honored.

Our goal as an organization is to use this dialogue as an opportunity to share and Teach younger generations about the diversity of our American heritage, and the freedoms for which so much was sacrificed.

I cannot attend at New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery – is there a participating location near me?

In 2013, many locations will be participating in the Wreaths Across America program. You can see a complete list by state here. If you would like to add a new location for participation in 2014, you can add a location here.

To participate at New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery:

Click here for directions to the New Hampshire Veterans.

Thank you for your interest in helping with the placement of Wreaths for Boscawen at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery on Saturday, December 14, 2013. 

There is no other sign-up or registration required. Just show up at the designated time and place. There is also no age limit to participate. We encourage families to come together.

Opening Ceremony will start at 10:30am. The ceremony will provide some introductory remarks and a short briefing to provide basic information to volunteers.

If you are a family member or have a loved one in the cemetery outside of the area where we are laying the wreaths we will have you go stand at the headstone and a volunteer will be honored to bring you a wreath.

Following the ceremony volunteers will start moving the wreaths into the building and tying on the bows. Volunteers will then move to the designated areas of the cemetery where they will participate in the laying of wreaths on headstones

We want to remind you that when you place the wreath, you may be the first person to visit that particular grave in years, so we hope you will take time to read the stone and honor the memory of that hero. 

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) will hold a ceremony at the Circle of Flags at Noon in conjunction with Wreaths Across America. The ceremony coincides with similar ceremonies across the United States of America with placing ceremonial wreaths on the military service markers.  We invite you all to stay and support the CAP and Wreaths Across America.

Clean up volunteers are always needed too. Clean up at New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery will take place on Saturday, January 11, 2014 – 10:00AM

The Blue Star Mothers of New Hampshire would like to thank you for your support.