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WREATH LAYING INSTRUCTIONS:  IF YOU HAVE A LOVED ONE FOR WHICH YOU WILL BE PLACING A WREATH, YOU WILL BE INVITED TO GO TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE TO RECEIVE YOUR WREATHS.  Each volunteer will be given their wreaths because we had 3000 volunteers signed up last year and many received NONE!  Start at the REAR of section so we can see where we need more wreaths.  You may go back to get another when yours are placed.  If a wreath or vase is already there, simply move to the left and place WAA wreath with bow up and straightened against the stone at a 45-degree angle so the name may be read and then SAY THE NAME OUT LOUD.  You may render a salute to head or heart.  There are no reserved wreaths and no reserved graves.  Your loved one’s section is your assigned section!!  Go directly to your loved one’s site first to place your wreath.  If you arrive and someone has already honored your loved one by placing a wreath, you may replace with your wreath and put that one on another’s.  Pause as long as you wish.  If you planned on placing more than one wreath in more than one section, it will probably already have been placed.  Simply walk to that loved one’s site, replace with your wreath, and honor them by saying their name out loud.  Place only one wreath per site.  No wreaths on the back.   All Garden Niches get one wreath each.  All Columbarium Walls get one wreath at the bottom of each column, overlaying right over left.  

If you have no loved one in NYGSNS, ask the person next to you to take you to their section.  You will need to know your loved one’s site before you come because only one site locator is available there.  Go to https://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/  to enter your loved one’s name and see location. Allow those volunteers in walkers, wheelchairs and senior citizens to place their wreaths across the front rows.  All able-bodied should expect to walk as we place wreaths.  Please use care not to have a slip/slide.   YES, we have been requested by many with Star of David and Moslem Crescent to place a memorial wreath! When all wreaths have been placed, go flatten a wreath box for disposal to help the cemetery staff.  Boxes all need to go back in the trailers.

Do not remove any wreaths from NYGSNS.  Wreaths are federal property and a federal crime to remove from cemetery.  You will be asked to turn them in by the Guardians and parking attendants.   If you have an extra, give to the Guardian near you for a section that may still need wreaths.

AT THIS 2020 CEREMONY:  which starts at 12:00 noon EST and simultaneously at 1440 cemeteries across our country and internationally, placing 1,204,000 wreaths in 2019, we hope to place 14,100 wreaths.  Ceremony lasts 30 minutes.  December weather is usually cold, wet and/or windy.  Please dress to be outdoors for about two to three hours with warm coat, boots, gloves, warm hat and pocket warmers.  Bring water and snack if necessary.  As you walk, please do not have a slip/slide.  Civil Air Patrol cadets will be rehearsing at the memorial circle with memorial wreath placers at 11:00.   Please watch quietly.  Gen. Philip Schuyler EMS, Saratoga Police and NYS Police will be available on site.

You will be invited to place wreaths in the section of your choice.  Yes, your loved one’s section is your section of choice.  If you don’t know a section to go to, raise your hand when I ask the question at the ceremony and follow the person next to you.  Patriot Guard, Civil Air Patrol cadets and senior Members, Guardians in safety vests along with active duty military will be handing out wreaths at the sections.  They will ask any disrespectful behavior or wreath placement to be stopped.  

NEW!!  WREATH RETIREMENT:  8 AM Saturday, MARCH 7, 2020.  NYGSNS and volunteers will do wreath removal. Bring a broom stick without the brush to carry many wreaths for disposal. Contact cemetery in case the wreaths are frozen in ground. 518-581-9128.

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by Denise Lynn Fero for Edward Fero, Marine Corps, Honored by Gerald B. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery

Ed Fero, In Honor of the most wonderful Husband that ever lived. I miss you so much, till we meet again. You will have a place in my heart forever. All my love, Denise
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Personal Message
by Denise Lynn Fero for Edward Fero, Marine Corps, Honored by Gerald B. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery

Ed Fero, In Honor of the most wonderful Husband that ever lived. I miss you so much, till we meet again. You will have a place in my heart forever. All my love, Denise
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Ceremony Details

Location Information

Gerald B. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery (NYGSNS)
200 Duell Rd
Schuylerville, NY 12871

13,100
13,100
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Saturday, December 19, 2020
12:00 PM

Anita M.,Gale c.,Tim C.

Directions to Cemetery

Navigation systems do an adequate job finding the cemetery at 200 Duall Road, Schuylerville.  Because of the single-lane country road in to Cemetery, it takes about 2 hours to get into the parking area.  When you arrive, please follow parking attendants and signs to the field parking.  There will be no driving in the Cemetery due to the many thousands of volunteers.  Handicap-tagged vehicles, dignitaries and the press will be directed to special parking area.  Expect to walk.  It is just over a half mile to far Columbarium A and B.  

Parking Instructions

PARKING INSTRUCTIONS: 

NYS Police will be guiding traffic.  Follow parking signs, parking attendants and walk to the 12 noon ceremony at the Flag Pole. You may wait in car until closer to 12 noon.   It is just over a half mile walk to the far walls. 

There will be no driving in Cemetery for the safety of our volunteers.  The ALL PARKING field-parking entrance will also be the exit.  Carpooling encouraged as parking is limited. 

A shuttle bus will be available for those who need extra assistance.



Ceremony and Volunteer Information

We are happy that you are willing to help with our Wreath Across America ceremony at Gerald B Solomon Saratoga 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.
  • Please help ensure that all participants get the opportunity to place a wreath.  Especially allowing those with challenges to place in first rows. 
  • Please follow the location coordinators instructions on where to place wreaths, as well as "how" they should be placed.
  • 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 0800 MAR 7, 2020.  Especially, if you wish to contribute to cost of the dumpsters.    Bring a broom stick without the brush to pick up many wreaths for disposal.  

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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Earl J Manning American Legion Post 490 (NY0100)

Welcome to Earl J Manning American Legion Post 490 (NY0100)! Our location fundraising group is proud to support Gerald B. Solomon Saratoga 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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Patriot Guard Riders of Eastern NY (NY0057)

Welcome to Patriot Guard Riders of Eastern NY (NY0057)! Our location fundraising group is proud to support Gerald B. Solomon Saratoga 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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