If you have no loved one in a section, 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 NYGBSNS. 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. Last year we didn’t have enough because people left with wreaths. If you have an extra, give to the Guardian near you for a section that may still need wreaths.
AT THIS CEREMONY: which starts at 12:00 noon EST and simultaneously at 1440 cemeteries across our country and internationally, placing 1,204,000 wreaths in 2017, we hope to place 12,100 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 11:30. Please watch quietly. Gen. Philip Schuyler EMS 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. Civil Air Patrol cadets and senior Members along with active duty military will be handing out wreaths at the trailers. They will be in radio contact with me should anyone have any questions that the cadets cannot answer. Any observed disrespectful behavior or wreath placement will be asked to stop by the Guardians of the Section identified by safety vests and belts.
WREATH RETIREMENT: 8 AM Saturday, January 26, NYGBSNS 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.
August 2019 Fundraising and Location Templates
As we enter the early fall season, many of you have already begun ramping up fundraising efforts; making bigger asks for sponsorships, hosting more events, etc. We wanted to make that huge task a little easier with a few template letters for your guidance....
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by Jason S. for Joseph Frenzel, Born 08/11/22, Passed On 06/10/17, Honored by Gerald B. Solomon Saratoga National Ce
200 Duell Rd
Schuylerville, NY 12871
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.
NYS Police will be guiding traffic. Schaghicoke and Washington County fair parking attendants will be directing parking. Please plan to arrive an hour and half early. 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.
ONLY handicapped-tagged vehicles will be allowed into cemetery. Park only on the right for emergency vehicle access. 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.
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.
- Ceremonies around the world will be starting at the same moment, so please be on time.
- Please help ensure that all participants get the opportunity to place a wreath.
- 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.
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.