Local volunteers are working hard to ensure that all veterans laid to rest at the Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery are honored this December on National Wreaths Across America Day. This year, the ceremony, held simultaneously across the country at more than 1,000 locations, will be on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 12 noon. The goal – to place a live, fir wreath at the headstone of every veteran buried there and say each person’s name, so their memory lives on.
Wreaths across Pleasanton is a grassroots effort to place a wreath on every veteran’s grave at Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery located at the 5700 Block Sunol Blvd. This effort is led by Kassadee Dyson, President of BSA Scouts Venture Crew 937, with the sponsorship and support of the VFW Post 6298, American Legion Post 237, Pleasanton Lion’s Club and many community volunteers.
Volunteer help is requested on Assembly Day scheduled Sunday, December 11, in the assembly of an estimated 600 wreaths and boughs utilizing tree cuttings donated by local Christmas tree lots. Assembly is scheduled during the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, or when the last wreath is assembled. Volunteers can come for an hour, two hours or as long as they can spare. It is our hope to get 100+ volunteers throughout the day to help with this effort; all help big and small is greatly appreciated. For ease when assembling wreaths, we ask that you bring your own garden gloves, clippers and/or pliers to help when working with the metal wreath rings. Location for wreath assembly is the Pleasanton Senior Center – Centennial Park, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton.
Wreath placement day is Saturday December 17 - starting at 10:00 am, there is a need for volunteers to assist with final assembly of putting out wreath stakes and tying bows on wreaths/boughs. The official ceremony begins at 12:00 noon, including a blessing on the wreaths and the veterans that served our nation, followed by placing of the wreaths.
For additional information, please visit the event website at www.wreathsacrosspleasanton.org.
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