Wreaths Across America at Gate of Heaven Cemetery
On National Wreaths Across America Day each December, volunteers place wreaths on individual veterans’ graves in over 1,100 locations throughout the U.S., with ceremonies at sea, and at each of the national cemeteries on foreign soil. On December 16, 2017, Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose and American Legion Stevens Creek Post # 642 will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery to remember and honor our veteran through the laying of Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud.
Remember, Honor, and Teach
Wreath’s Across America’s mission is to Remember, Honor, and Teach. “We are not here to decorate graves. We are here to remember not their deaths, but their lives.” Karen Worcester, Executive Director of Wreaths Across America.
Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose intentionally remembers and honors all those who have given their lives in service to their country through burial ritual and honorary tributes such as Wreaths Across America and Memorial Day events. It is Catholic Cemeteries’ ministry to remember are all those who served in the military, particularly those who gave their lives in sacrifice for the country.
In addition to the American Legion Post #642, Catholic Cemeteries and Gate of Heaven is proud to partner with other local community organizations, businesses and sponsors to provide this special Veterans’ tribute including the City of Cupertino, Monte Vista High School, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, Starbucks (20520A Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino), Safeway (20620 W. Homestead, Cupertino) and Hobees (21267 Stevens Creek Boulevard #310, Cupertino).
Join us at Gate of Heaven Cemetery on Saturday, December 16th at 10 am. Event will take place rain or shine in the Veterans’ Section at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Program to include speakers and wreath presentation. Light lunch reception to follow.