****Update on NAS Policy About Wreaths Across America
As of 9 AM, Wednesday December 11 we were notified of a change in security requirements. Department of Defense ID holders will be admitted as usual. Civilian ID holders (drivers license) will be admitted only if they register as a Volunteer with Wreaths Across America beforehand. Please use the link below. We are trying to get clarification, but in the interim we recommend everyone in the car fill out a form ASAP. Please pass this on to others who are planning to come.
Security and Parking: Access to the cemetery on December 14, 2019, will be through the main gate only. All people in the vehicle 18 years and up must have government-issued ID out for the gate guards and must be registered as volunteer with Wreaths Across America. Follow the instructions of the person directing traffic. Parking is available on both sides of the cemetery (see 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.
General Parking: On the new side, please park along the dirt road exiting the cemetery or along John Towers Rd. Weather permitting, some parking on the grass in designated areas of the cemetery and along Taylor will also be allowed. Follow the instructions of the traffic monitors. 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.
Handicapped Parking: Only allowed on Cemetery Drive (paved road) 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 will have some shuttle service available.
Schedule: Ceremony begins at 11AM CST near the main cemetery administration building in the "New Section" and will last 30-60 minutes. Wreath laying will begin at 8:30, will pause during the ceremony, and will resume afterwards.
Wreath Pickup: Kiwanis will have two tables set up for wreath pickup for individuals who ordered from us and specified pickup. 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 five areas with designated Area Monitors responsible for distributing wreaths for that section (see map). Look for their red sashes.
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”.
IMPORTANT: to maximize the visual affect, 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.
DO NOT REMOVE ANY WREATH ALREADY IN PLACE, EVEN IF THERE ARE SEVERAL ALL IN A ROW. These wreaths were laid by specific request. Simply go to the next available and begin your alternating placement.
In the Columbarium and similar facilities, one wreath per column of 5 urns is allowed.
These are fresh wreaths and can be sticky, so long sleeves and gloves are recommended.