Kiwanis Club of Big Lagoon Foundation INC

Remember, Honor, Teach

Volunteer Information

COVID IMPACT Both the VA and NASP have eliminated or greatly reduced restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Barring a change in conditions, a full ceremony will be planned for 11AM. Headcount reduction of volunteers allowed in the cemetery will not be needed.

Security and Parking: Access to the cemetery on December 17, 2022 will be through the main gate only. All people in the vehicle 18 years and up must have government issued ID (Drivers License) out for the gate guards. Follow the instructions of the personnel directing traffic.  Parking is available on both sides of the cemetery (see Traffic and Parking Map).  Please post a large, legible sign on your windshield indicating whether you are heading to the "NEW SECTION" or "OLD SECTION" so traffic monitors will know where to direct you.

Vehicles with “NEW SECTION” signs will be directed to turn right at the traffic light onto Taylor Rd. Vehicles with “OLD SECTION” signs will be directed past the cemetery to the next intersection and will be directed to turn right onto Hovey Rd, then next right onto John Tower. Security may change the routing to expedite traffic. Follow The instructions of the traffic monitors.

Exit the base through the main gate on Navy Boulevard immediately after leaving the Cemetery.

General Parking: On the new side please park along the Paved Access road exiting the cemetery or along John Towers Rd.  Park on the grass near the administration building if directed there by Cemetery employees. Weather permitting, some parking along Taylor will also be allowed.  On the old side the Public Works Parking lot will be available.  Some parking within the old section is permitted, but traffic flow must not be restricted.  All cars should park on the same side of the street and exit the Old Side from the Cemetery back gate.

Handicapped Parking: Only allowed on Cemetery Drive on the new side. This will be one-way traffic to allow dropping people near the site of the ceremony.  On the old side handicapped parking is allowed anywhere that does not obstruct traffic flow.  Please park on only one side of the road.   We may have some shuttle service available.


Ceremony A full ceremony is planned and some seating will be available. Please give the handicapped or infirm right of first refusal on the seating. The ceremony begins at 11AM CST at the Memorial Plaza near the main cemetery administration building in the "New Section" and will last 30-45 minutes. 

Family Wreath Laying will begin at 7:30AM for specific grave placement.

Mass Wreath Laying will begin at 9:00, will pause during the ceremony, and will resume afterwards.

Wreath Pick up: Kiwanis will have two tables set up on the cemetery grounds for wreath pickup for individuals who ordered from us or WAA and specified pickup (see Pick Up Map). One will be for new side pickup to the right of the administration building (as you face it) and will have a large feather flag. The old side pickup will be by the entrance to the Columbarium on John Tower Road.

Volunteer Information: We will have information tables set up near the wreath pickup tables. For individuals wishing to volunteer who are not part of a larger group, please report to the old side.

Wreath Laying Protocol: The cemeteries have been divided in to six areas with designated Area Monitors responsible for distributing wreaths for that section (see Pick Up Map). Look for their Orange Vests.

Involve children to help them learn to honor those who have sacrificed for their freedoms.

Pick up one or two wreaths from the Area Monitor and walk, do not run, to the gravesite. Straighten and “fluff” the red bow, place the wreath, bow on top, against the grave, quietly say the recipient’s name, salute and/or say “Thank you for your service”. VA and Wreaths Across America policy is to not place a wreath on a headstone with a Star of David unless specifically requested by the family.

IMPORTANT: To maximize the visual effect on the Old Side, wreaths are placed on every other grave. For instance, in row #1 place a wreath on grave 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, etc. In row #2, place a wreath on grave 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, etc. Be sure the wreath is placed on the Veteran’s side of the headstone

DO NOT REMOVE ANY WREATH ALREADY IN PLACE, EVEN IF THERE ARE SEVERAL ALL IN A ROW. These wreaths were laid by specific family request. Simply go to the next available grave and begin your alternating placement.

In the Columbarium and similar facilities, one wreath per column of urns is allowed.

These are fresh wreaths and can be sticky, so long sleeves and gloves are recommended.

Further Questions about Volunteering

Email our Volunteer Coordinator Marcia Sevold -