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

Welcome to the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Association of the US Army (KS0034P)'s Wreaths Across America Page. 

On December 17, 2022 at 11:00 am, Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Association of the US Army (KS0034P) will be helping Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans by laying Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes.

Please help us honor and remember as many fallen heroes as possible by sponsoring remembrance wreaths, volunteering on Wreaths Day, or inviting your family and friends to attend with you.

Thank you so much for supporting the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Association of the US Army (KS0034P) and Wreaths Across America!

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In Memoriam
by Karen Hicks for Karl Nelson, Navy, Chief Petty Officer (R), Honored by Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery

Karl Nelson, Chief Petty Officer (R), Navy
A true Patriot in every respect. Thanks, Dad, for your love and service. You’re missed every day.
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In Memoriam
by Kate Sobczak for Richard Torretto, Army, Honored by Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery

Richard Torretto, Army
LTC Richard "Rick" James Torretto US Army (Ret). Proud husband, father and solider. With nearly 27 years of uniformed service, Rick had a distinguished career. Beginning in Korea, Rick’s quickly demonstrated his leadership abilities and was subsequently selected to serve as the aide to Major General George Carver, the 7th Infantry Division Artillery Commander. He was then assigned to Ft. Bliss, where successfully commanded an ADA company. While there, Rick met the love of his life, who just so happened to be the Deputy Commanding General’s daughter, Ms. Penny Powers. They married three months later. In 1964 they moved to Canada, where Rick served as the U.S. Army Representative to the Canadian Army. In 1966, Rick served in Viet Nam as a Field Artillery Battalion Operations Officer, and was awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, by the South Vietnamese government. He then went to the Pentagon, where he served as the Protocol Officer for the Chief of Staff of the Army, GEN Westmoreland, and was responsible for all Medal of Honor ceremonies during President Nixon’s presidency. In 1972, he earned his first Master’s Degree from American University in Public Relations and was subsequently promoted early to Lieutenant Colonel before taking command of 2nd Battalion, 75th Field Artillery Regiment in Germany. After command, he was assigned to NATO’s Central Army Group in Mannheim, Germany, where he and Penny have fond memories of attending galas at Heidelberg Castle with wonderful couples from Allied nations. In 1982, Rick and his family moved to San Antonio, where he served as the PMS of St. Mary’s University. Astutely identifying the untapped leadership potential of students attending Hispanic Serving Institutions, Rick made it his mission to transition the UTSA Army ROTC program from an extension of St. Mary’s to an autonomous host institution. Within a year, UTSA became such, with Rick serving as its first PMS. Rick proved to be a profound educator, c
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Ceremony Details

Location Information

Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery (KSFLNC)
395 Biddle Boulevard
Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027, United States
Click here for the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery Page

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December 17, 2022 at 11:00 am

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Directions to Cemetery

Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery is located on the active duty Army base of Fort Leavenworth, KS. 395 Biddle Blvd. Ft. Leavenworth, KS 66027. Upon entering Fort Leavenworth at the main gate please have a valid photo I.D. available to anyone 16 years or older. Show gate at gate and proceed up to cemetery. Please park in the Frontier Conference Center parking lot directly across the street from the cemetery. If that parking lot is full please proceed to Munson Army Health Center, corner of Biddle Blvd. and Pope Avenue. 

Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery and Leavenworth National Cemetery are very similar in name. Please ensure you have the correct location you are wishing to volunteer at. 

Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery is located on the active duty Army post of Fort Leavenworth Kansas

Leavenworth National Cemetery is located in Leavenworth/Lansing area near the Veterans Administration in Leavenworth. 

Thank you for helping honor our nations service members.

Parking Instructions

Parking will be at Frontier Conference Center, 350 Biddle Blvd. directly East of the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Please walk across street and meet near the flagpole. Cemetery is closed to internal parking due to pedestrian traffic with exception to handicap tagged vehicles. Our cemeteries were not made to have a large amount of vehicles on them at once. Therefore, many have extremely limited parking and narrow lanes. 

Ceremony and Volunteer Information

We are happy that you are willing to help with our Wreath Across America ceremony at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. 


Here are some things to remember about the ceremony:

  • Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery is located on the active military installation of the Fort Leavenworth Army Post.
  • Gates will open at 8:30am. All volunteers; ages 16 and above, must have a Military, State, or School ID.  
  • The ceremony will be at the flagpole with wreath placement to follow.
  • Everyone of all ages and backgrounds is welcome, no need to preregister.
  • Please help ensure that all participants get the opportunity to place a wreath and that children are accompanied to learn the proper way 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.

Our Locations

Welcome to Fort Leav. National Cemetery Wreaths Across America and thank you deeply for helping us with our goal to honor as many veterans as possible on Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, 17 December 2022 11 a.m. Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, KS. Please click "View" to learn more about our effort or to volunteer to help or click "Sponsor" to purchase wreaths that will be laid on the graves of our fallen heroes by our loyal volunteers. If you sponsor and chose to place a wreath on a specific grave at Fort Leav. National Cemetery you must contact the location coordinator so this wreath can be held in your name at the cemetery. dianawaa2017@yahoo.com...

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