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

Welcome to the Crownsville Veterans' Cemetery 's Wreaths Across America Page. 

On December 17, 2022 at 12:00 pm, Wreaths Across America will be at Crownsville Veterans' 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. 

Please help our location lay wreaths at as many graves as possible by clicking the red "Sponsor" button. Or, if you would like to volunteer to participate in the wreath laying ceremony, please click the “Volunteer” button next to the cemetery name below, and don't forget to click the "Invite" button to invite your friends and family to join you. 

Thank you so much for supporting Crownsville Veterans' Cemetery and Wreaths Across America!

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Ceremony Details

Location Information

Crownsville Veterans' Cemetery (MDCVCE)
1122 Sunrise Beach Rd
Crownsville, MD 21032, United States

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December 17, 2022 at 12:00 pm

Scott and Jill Harris (MDCVCE)

Directions to Cemetery

Navigation systems do an adequate job finding the cemetery. When you arrive, please follow the people and signs to the site of the ceremony itself.  

Parking Instructions

Do not park on the grass. Allow enough space for a car to pass. 

DETAILS for Saturday, December 18th at MD Veterans Cemetery-Crownsville

This will be long, PLEASE read the entire thing.

With your help, we have done an amazing job raising awareness for this date. We have more wreaths sponsored than ANY other cemetery in the state of Maryland. Considering how many others we have within a 45 mile radius, it is even more phenomenal. We will be able to place over 16,000 wreaths.

Last year we had approximately 3500 people come out to place 12,000 wreaths. Crownsville Veterans Cemetery is on a 2 lane country road with VERY limited parking. We do have access to the ball field across the street for parking, but parking there is not abundant either. The cemetery will be used to park our older visitors. Younger legs should park across the street. We request that you do NOT park on the grass.

We are expecting a large crowd again this year. Please find the largest mini-van and fill it. ***Bring one vehicle for your group and not 2 or three.***

We do have county police on site to help with pedestrian safety and traffic control. Plan accordingly. Many could not make it to the cemetery in the past due to parking limitations. It will be taped and I will send out the link in an email if circumstances keep you from attending. I will (try) to put it on YouTube after the fact.

To alleviate SOME of the traffic, we have chosen to allow (IF YOU WANT) Grave Specific wreaths to be laid from 8-10:30 am. I understand that families may want to spend quiet time with their loved ones, instead of waiting around in the cold. We will have the wreaths laid out with your loved ones names on a piece of paper. You may also choose to attend the ceremony and then lay the Grave Specific Wreath after the ceremony with the rest of the volunteers.

A reminder that the ground can have low spots. Be careful and do not run. Also, walk between the graves or at the top of the headstone and not over them. Do not stand on them.

The ceremony will start promptly at 12:00. We do NOT have any seating. It should last approximately 40 minutes. As you are waiting, please talk to any veterans around you. Ask them their story if they wish to share. This is a great opportunity for the teach portion of the Wreaths Across America mission.

Wreath laying follows the ceremony. Do not lay a wreath on any grave that is flagged with a pink marker flag. These are graves that have had a grave specific wreath sponsored. Please give their family and friends the opportunity to lay their wreath.

Boxes of wreaths will be placed around the cemetery. Please do not open them until after the ceremony. At that time, please take 1 wreath. You may take the tag off of the back of the wreath as a keepsake of the day. Straighten the bow and fluff the branches. We have wreaths to cover 89% of the cemetery. If a grave has something on the grave already from their family, please say their name and do not place a wreath until the end if there are wreaths available. Do not fill in the sections. Place a wreath at the base of the headstone with the bow at the top. Please say their name as you are placing the wreath. It is said that we die twice. Once when our heart stops beating and again, when our names are said for the last time. Thank them for their service. If you feel comfortable, give them a salute and/or a prayer before moving on. Please do the same for any graves that will not have a wreath.

After everyone has placed 1 wreath, you may go back and place another. Break down empty boxes and place them at the curb in a pile. If you can, take a box or 2 home for recycling.

If weather is calling for ice or snow, we will make the call the morning of the ceremony. An email will be sent as well as a Facebook post.

We thank you for making this event a huge success. For allowing us to Remember, Honor and Teach. We thank you for reading this post. We thank you for your patience on ceremony day. We are all volunteers and trying our hardest to make everything go smoothly. The focus of the day is our veterans.

Sincerely,

Jill Harris

 CrownsvilleWAA@Outlook.com

 Crownsville Veterans' Cemetery

www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org/MDCVCE

Ceremony and Volunteer Information

We are happy that you are willing to help with our Wreath Across America ceremony at Crownsville Veterans' Cemetery . 

Here are some things to remember about the wreath laying, everyone  is welcome.

  • Please click on the red "Volunteer" button to register and get updates! 
  • People who do not wish to participate in the mass wreath laying after the ceremony are welcome to come to the cemetery from 8-10:30 on Saturday, December 17th to lay wreaths that have been sponsored for specific graves. 
  • The ceremony starts promptly at 12:00
  • AS we anticipate a very large crowd, please CARPOOL and arrive early. 
  • We do not have seating for the ceremony.

  • Instructions on where to place wreaths, as well as "how" they should be placed will be available upon entry.

  • 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.

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.

Grave Specific Requests:

We will have the wreaths laid out with your loved ones names on a piece of paper at the center of the cemetery. The grave will be flagged to prevent a volunteer from placing a wreath on their grave for you. Please return the flag to the chapel area. 

Other Reminders:

A reminder that the ground can have low spots. Be careful and do not run. Also, walk between the graves or at the top of the headstone and not over them. Do not stand on them. 

Do not lay a wreath on any grave that is flagged with an marker flag. These are graves that have had a grave specific wreath sponsored. Please give their family and friends the opportunity to lay their wreath. 

You will be given wreaths to distribute.  You may take the tag off of the back of the wreath as a keepsake of the day. Straighten the bow. We only have wreaths to cover a percentage of the cemetery. Do not fill in the sections. Stop and say the name of graves that you are not able to place a wreath. 

Place a wreath at the base of the headstone with the bow at the top. Please say their name as you are placing the wreath. It is said that we die twice. Once when our heart stops beating and again, when our names are said for the last time. Thank them for their service. If you feel comfortable, give them a salute and/or a prayer before moving on. Acknowledge any graves that will not have a wreath. 

If you are able to take an empty box home with you, please recycle it.

Weather:

If weather is calling for ice or snow, we will make the call the morning of the ceremony. 

We thank you for making this event a huge success. For allowing us to Remember, Honor and Teach. We thank you for reading this post. We thank you for your patience on ceremony day. We are all volunteers and trying our hardest to make everything go smoothly. The focus of the day is our veterans.

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Lockheed Martin

Welcome to Lockheed Martin.  We are proud to support Valhalla Memory Gardens and to remember, honor, and teach.  Please click "View" to learn more about our efforts and "Volunteer" to join us for National Wreaths Across America Day.

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Crownsville WAA (MD0235)

Welcome to Crownsville WAA (MD0235)! Our location fundraising group is proud to support Crownsville Veterans' 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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