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The holiday season is a celebratory time, but it’s also a time when people feel even more keenly the loss of those they loved. For veteran’s families, this loss can be especially poignant. Are we doing enough to honor the sacrifice our veterans have made and continue to make? One meaningful way to do this is by participating in Wreaths Across America.

What is Wreaths Across America? It began in 1992, when the Worcester Wreath Company had a surplus of Christmas wreaths and decided to donate them to Arlington National Cemetery, for the graves of fallen veterans in one of the cemetery’s older sections. As the story of this effort spread and drew national attention, more people and companies joined in, and Wreaths Across America was formed as a non-profit organization. The mission is a simple one. The group works to remember our veterans, honoring their service and teaching younger generations to respect and appreciate the veterans and the freedoms they fought to preserve.

In December each year, Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 1,600 locations across the nation. These ceremonies are not just about decorating graves, however. The goal is to remember the lives of veterans, rather than simply acknowledging their deaths. While we honor veterans in the spring and fall, on Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day, we often fail to remember that service members live every day of their lives protecting the freedoms we hold dear. Finding new ways to honor their service and sacrifice is an important part of what Wreaths Across America is all about.

This year, Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose is proud to be a part of this meaningful observance. Together with the American Legion Stevens Creek Post #642, we’ll gather on December 14, 2019, at Gate of Heaven Cemetery to honor our veterans by laying Remembrance wreaths. Please join us for this important event at 10 a.m., and stay for a light lunch reception after the program.

The Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose is proud to be a part of the Catholic Community in San Jose, California. Committed to providing a sacred place where families can remember loved ones in a peaceful and hope-filled setting, we welcome you and your family to visit our properties and experience the peace of these prayerful places. If you have questions, we’re happy to answer them. We have three locations: Calvary Catholic Cemetery in San Jose, Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos, and St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Milpitas. If you’d like to know more about our properties, or you need to know where to send flowers, you can contact us through our website, or call Calvary at 833-428-0379, Gate of Heaven at 833-304-0763, or St. John the Baptist at 833-428-0379.


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