The Orange County Veterans Cemetery (OCVC) is seeking donations for its substitute Wreaths Across America (WAA) celebration for 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OCVC has canceled the WAA ceremonial event and as such will not be seeking volunteers for the laying of wreaths.
Health, safety and current economic struggles all played part in this years’ cancelation. The OCVC will be creating a substitute display that will be completed by cemetery staff prior to Dec. 19 for all to enjoy during their visits and to continue the Wreaths Across America tradition of “Remember-Honor-Teach.”
This display will consist of a limited amount of wreaths placed throughout the cemetery grounds along with six beautiful holiday trees where friends and families of Veterans will be invited to place a picture of their loved one(s) on the trees in a supplied wreath ornament. These photo ornaments will be made available for free as the date becomes closer. Donations will be utilized to offset the costs of this substitute WAA display.
Orange County Veterans Cemetery WILL NOT be selling wreaths for 2020. Any wreaths purchased through the WAA website will be carried over the 2021 event. Donations being sought will be used for the substitute display. If donation amounts should exceed the costs of the display, they will be used to purchase wreaths for 2021.
Donations for this 2020 substitute display may be made in any amount. Checks can be made out to “Nam Knights M/C” with WAA written on the memo line. They may be mailed to or dropped of OCVC, located at 111 Craigville Rd. in Goshen, NY. For more information visit www.Wreathsacrossamerica.org and type in the cemetery code NYOCVM in the dropdown search or call Cemetery Superintendent Dave Andryshak at 494-3768.
The Orange County Veterans Cemetery is seeking donations for its substitute Wreaths Across America celebration for 2020.