12/17: Wreath Laying Ceremony

12/17: Wreath Laying Ceremony 2The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) and community partners will hold holiday wreath laying ceremonies on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at Virginia’s three state veterans cemeteries.

In Dublin, the annual wreath laying ceremony begins at 1 p.m. The ceremony is held in partnership with the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery Volunteers and other community partners. Daniel Gade, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and Army combat veteran, will deliver the keynote address. He will be joined by representatives of veterans service organizations, government officials, and bands playing patriotic music. At the conclusion of the program, attendees will place a wreath on each gravesite.

Parking is at the Dublin Lions Club (100 Lions Club Road, Dublin VA 24084) with free shuttle bus service to the cemetery. Shuttle bus service begins at 12 p.m. There is no parking at the cemetery unless authorized in advance. Additional information is available at www.swvavcv.org. The cemetery is located at 5550 Bagging Plant Road, Dublin VA 24084.

“The Commonwealth’s three state veterans cemeteries are beautiful and fitting final resting places for thousands of Virginia’s veterans. We invite all of our fellow citizens to participate in our wreath laying programs, and pay respect to all our veterans,” said Virginia Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Daniel Gade. “Please know that all of us at DVS and Virginia’s thousands of veterans and their family members especially appreciate the dedication and hard work of the hundreds of wreath committee members, donors, and other volunteers who raise the funds to purchase the wreaths and place them at each grave at our state cemeteries each December,” Commissioner Gade added.

The holiday wreaths will remain in place through early January. For more information, please visit this link or contact the cemeteries.