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REMEMBER the Fallen. . . HONOR those who Serve. . . TEACH our children the value of Freedom.

Welcome to the Miramar National Cemetery 's Wreaths Across America Page. 

On December 14, 2024 (Wreath Placement Immediately Following Ceremony), Wreaths Across America will be at Miramar National Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans 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. 

We are "back to normal" with our ceremony and wreath laying celebration and currently have over 3,300 volunteers registered to place wreaths. And, with being back to normal, please review these announcements:

1. ALL volunteer parking will be offsite, unless you have a CURRENT DMV issued handicap placard. Please arrive at the cemetery no earlier than 8:15 am. Vans will be available to transport you to the ceremony.

The offsite location is the VA employee overflow parking area at 6435 Miramar Rd. This is on the eastbound side of Miramar Rd. Sun Diego busses (provided by Manpower, Inc) will shuttle you to the cemetery from 7:30 and will conclude with the last bus leaving the cemetery at 11:30.

2. If you have a loved one for whom you want to place a wreath, and you did not sponsor a grave specific wreath before November 29, 2023, you will be able to place it after the ceremony. Next year, make sure to sponsor grave specific before Thanksgiving for early family placement.

3. We are expecting a very heavy turnout, so please respect those who are working hard to ensure everyone has wreaths to place, and each veteran's name is said aloud.

Thank you so much for supporting Miramar National Cemetery and Wreaths Across America!

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Click "Sponsor Wreaths" to sponsor a wreath and help us reach our goal of honoring every veteran at the cemetery.

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Click here if you would like to participate in the wreath laying ceremony on Wreaths Day at the cemetery.

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A Tribute
by Allan Coats for Jessie Katherine Coats, Navy, YN3, Served From 1960 to 1963, Born 09/22/40, Passed On 07/04/11, Honored by Miramar National Cemetery

You were a devoted Daughter, Wife, Mother & Nana. You also Honored yourself by enlisting and serving in the U S Navy for three years. You left those of us who loved you way to early but your memory will live on in all of our hearts and minds forever

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A Tribute
by Allan Coats for Woodrow Wilson Coats, Air Force, Honored by Miramar National Cemetery

You were the best Father a son could ever ask for. You showed me how to live a rewarding and meaningful life. I wish that we had had more time together in my adult life so I could have enjoyed being your son and making you proud of the man you showed me how to be.

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Location Information

CAMRNC - Miramar National Cemetery
5795 Nobel Dr
San Diego, CA 92122, United States

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December 14, 2024 at 09:00 am (Wreath Placement Immediately Following Ceremony)

Brenda Kaesler, John Alford

Directions to Cemetery

Navigation systems do an adequate job finding the cemetery. When you arrive, please follow the direction of the staff for parking and cemetery section selection. 

All volunteers, with the exception of those with handicap placards will park off site and take the provided shuttle to the cemetery. Please allow an additional 30 minutes for this process. Announcement of location will be on this website and our Facebook page.

Parking Instructions

We have over 3,300 volunteers registered to place wreaths. This means congestion and offsite parking.

ALL volunteer parking will be offsite, unless you have a CURRENT DMV issued handicap placard. Please arrive at the cemetery no earlier than 8:15 am. Vans will be available to transport you to the ceremony.

The offsite location is the VA employee overflow parking area at 6435 Miramar Rd. This is on the eastbound side of Miramar Rd. Sun Diego busses (provided by Manpower, Inc) will shuttle you to the cemetery from 7:30 and will conclude with the last bus leaving the cemetery at 11:30.

If you wish to attend a smaller, less crowded event, there are 8 smaller locations participating this year in the San Diego area.

Singing Hills, El Cajon Cemetery, Greenwood Memorial, Glen Abbey Memorial, Fallbrook Masonic, Valley Center, Oak Hills in Escondido, and San Marcos Cemetery.



   

Ceremony and Volunteer Information

We are happy that you are willing to help with our Wreath Across America ceremony at Miramar National Cemetery . Please do not forget to register to volunteer! That way you will get all updates about the cemetery itself.

Here are some things to remember about the ceremony:

  • Everyone of all ages and backgrounds is welcome.
  • During the ceremony, listen to etiquette instructions and how to properly place a wreath.
  • Follow the instructions of the section leaders among the graves.
  • If you observe a child exhibiting actions not appropriate for hallowed grounds (running, yelling, throwing things) PLEASE teach them the proper behavior. Even if they aren't yours. I really does take a village.
  • To properly place a wreath, respectfully approach the headstone, say the name out loud, gently and with respect lay the wreath against the stone with the bow in the 12:00 position. Fluff the bow and make sure all is in order before moving to your next area. 
  • We especially appreciate volunteers willing to help clean-up. Please check in with the location coordinator if you are interested in helping with the clean-up.
  • See the overview or parking section for updates on parking issues.

The most important thing to remember is to have a wonderful experience participating in the ceremony and thank you so much for help Wreaths achieve our mission to remember, honor and teach.

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CA0452 - Miramar National Cemetery

Welcome to CA0452 - Miramar National Cemetery! Our location Sponsorship Group is proud to support Miramar National Cemetery and to help honor and remember as many veterans as possible. Please click "View" to learn more about our effort and then click "Volunteer" to join us for National Wreaths Across America Day. Thank you so much!

CA0785 - Lakeside VFW Carter-Smith Post & Auxiliary 5867

Welcome to CA0785 - Lakeside VFW Carter-Smith Post & Auxiliary 5867! Our location Sponsorship Group is proud to support Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery and to help honor and remember as many veterans as possible. Please click "View" to learn more about our effort and then click "Volunteer" to join us for National Wreaths Across America Day. Thank you so much!

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