The annual "Wreath Laying Ceremony" is held on the third Saturday in December of each year. The Ceremony includes a motorcycle drive-by, the UAW Veterans Freedom Truck, presentation of the colors, a military band, the Honor Guard, and distinguished guest speakers. Family members are invited to lay wreaths first followed by all others who wish to participate. The wreaths are provided by generous donations from individuals, corporations, and organizations throughout the year.
Three hundred and fifty wreaths were laid in the first ceremony on December 14th, 2013. On December 17th, 2022, friends and family laid more than 1,600 wreaths for the 10th Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony. This year's Wreath Laying Ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 1:00. Each year the number of gravesites increases placing greater demands on the Committee's fundraising goals. With continued generous support from the public it's our goal to continue the wreath laying in the coming years.
This is the WSLS Channel 10 interview with Judy Foster, the Vice Chairman and Treasurer of Southwest Virginia Cemetery Volunteers, on the Wreathlaying Ceremony on 17 December 2022.
Your generous contributions will enable us to sustain this program to honor every interred veteran or family member.