Wreaths Across America’s mission is to Remember the Fallen, Honor those who serve, and Teach the next generation about the value of freedom. In 1992 Morrill Worcester, the owner of a wreath company in Maine had extra wreaths at the end of the holiday season and saw an opportuity to honor our nation’s veterans. He arranged through one of his state’s former senators to have the wreaths placed at Arlington Cemetery. As plans were underway, many volunteers signed up tp help and each year this annual tribute grew. By 2008 more than 100,000 wreaths were placed on Veterans’ graves with the help of over 60,000 volunteers and that year the United States Congress voted unanimously to establish National Wreaths Across America Day. The laying of over 2.7 million wreaths now takes place on a designated Saturday of each December at more than 3,100 locations across the UNited States including Puerto Rico and other countries around the world.
Hattiesburg and Petal can now be a part of this amazing mission! Highland Cemetery, on West 7th Street, is the resting place of over 2100 Veterans, including Petal native, Jack Lucas, the youngest recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Through the efforts of the Twentieth Star Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Hattiesburg Highland Cemetery is now a designated site for Wreaths Across America!
We want every Veteran’s grave at Highland Cemetery to receive a wreath! Sponsorship of a wreath is $17 amd corporate sponsorship for 100 wreaths is $1700. Scan the QR code on the order form to pay online with a credit or debit card.