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Wreaths Across America

Each year, our employees and other members of the community sponsor holiday wreaths for military gravesites at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
January 9, 2019
LANL employees holding holiday wreaths at cemetery

Laboratory employees and community partners purchase holiday wreaths for placement on military graves at the Santa Fe National Cemetery during the annual December ceremony.

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Remembering our veterans

In partnership with LANS and local community partners, every year our employees and members of the public can sponsor a holiday wreath for a military gravesite at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. They also can volunteer to place wreaths at the annual National Wreaths Across America Day ceremony in December.

There are simultaneous wreath-laying ceremonies at over 1,000 locations worldwide, including 12 locations in New Mexico.

Volunteers place the live balsam wreaths on veterans’ grave markers at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on National Wreaths Across America Day.

Laboratory donations began in 2011

The Wreaths Across Americainitiative coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and other cemeteries and locations in all 50 states.

Employee Mike Lansing introduced the Wreaths Across America program to the Laboratory in 2011. “Given the national mission the Laboratory serves, and the number of veterans employed here, there’s a natural fit between the Lab community and this initiative,” he said.

 

In 2018 Laboratory employees sponsored more than 1,400 wreaths, and volunteers from the Lab also helped lay the wreaths on grave markers at Santa Fe National Cemetery. The Lab partnered with the Teamsters Local Union 492, IGUA Local 69 and Centerra LA to make the project a success.