Wreaths Across America Day
Saturday, 14 Dec 13
Jacksonville National Cemetery
4083 Lannie Road
Jacksonville, FL 32218
As always I hope this email finds everyone doing well. On behalf of the Patriot Guard Riders and our other Fundraising Groups we thank you for your support of Wreaths Across America 2013 at the Jacksonville National Cemetery! With your support we will once again be able to place a wreath upon every headstone!!
Busses or large capacity vans needed!
With the Columbarium and Ossuary Garden/Memorial Wall on the back side of the cemetery and having three off site overflow parking areas we need volunteers to help transport people to the program area. So far we have the Boy Scouts of Troop 268 bus and a bus from Mandarin United Church!! Along with two groups with vans offering to help! THANK YOU! If anyone can help us in getting a couple more busses/vans that will help out a lot. If you do, please have the driver let our parking volunteers know they are here to help shuttle participants.
Please feel free to bring a chair or two. If anyone knows of a group or organization that will loans us chairs to use either pass along my contact information or just let them know to be at the cemetery at 9:00am. A couple of people have already asked about getting a church to bring out chairs but we sure could use more.
Wreaths Across America Day Timeline
7:00am – Patriot Guard Riders staging time at JNC
8:00am – Volunteer arrival time at JNC to unload the wreath trucks
8:30am – Wreath Escort arrives at JNC (estimated arrival best conditions)
10:00am – Arrival time for those groups helping to hand out the wreaths, our younger youth groups, Military Honors team
11:45am – Program starts
12:00pm – Nationwide coordinated minute of silence
Earlier this month I sent out the “family” email. If you have a family member laid to rest at the Jacksonville National Cemetery and did not receive that email please send me an email with “family” in the subject line.
Red Hat Brigade
This year we had a number of people purchase the Wreaths Across America Early Education package!! Personally I am so looking forward to seeing these young Americans joining us and placing wreaths this year!
As always the Wreaths Across America program is open to the public. If you would like to participate in any way please join us. Please remember if you know someone that is also attending please carpool! Parking is limited and we are anticipating more participants than last year, so carpooling will be a big help.
If this will be your first time joining us, bringing a pair of cheap cotton gloves is advised. With the wreaths being made of fresh balsam fir they do have sap on them!
We look forward to you joining us on the 14th.
Won't You Join In With Project Five Star?
The First Coast Tea Party, will be initiating "Project Five Star" at the direction of Bob Tipton. This endeavor is
underway to provide necessities for veterans in transition at Jacksonville's local "Five Star." You will notice the
boxes that will be filled with items to help our heroes that are in need for some support at this time of their lives.
"Project Five Star" will provide a filled box of those needed day to day items. You will have the opportunity to
provide that box with a donation of $15.00. This is a simple way for you to make a big difference in the life of
one of our heroes that has put on the uniform and served our America. (Five Star is a place to live for
homeless vets transitioning to stability.)
If you would like to participate, please send a $ 15.00 check made out to the FCTP. On the memo line, please
add "Project Five Star." Mail your check or drop off your $ 15.00 contribution to the First Coast Tea Party office
at 11437 Central Parkway, Suite 107, Jacksonville 32224. In addition, if you would like, you may add a short note
of thanks that would be included in your box. The personal notes gives a sincere connection to our veterans.
Contact 683-3945 if you plan to drop off your donation at the office as our office hours are currently limited