The 12th Annual Memorial Day Observance at the Alabama National Cemetery previously scheduled for Monday May 25, 2020 at 9 am has been canceled due to the COVID 19 pandemic, as is the Flag Placement Ceremony previously scheduled for Saturday May 23, 2020 at 9:00 am. We could not, however, let this year go by without a special, yet different, remembrance tribute to honor those who have given all in service to their country.
This year's video tribute will be shared on our website blog and on our Facebook page prior to Memorial Day. A video of our Social Distancing Wreath Laying Ceremony will be added at it's conclusion.
“To care for him who shall have borne the battle
and for his widow, and his orphan.”
Second Inaugural Address
March 4, 1865
Each year the Support Committee for the Alabama National Cemetery plans and coordinated the ceremony to lay live balsam wreaths on each and every grave. With fund raising support from the Blue Star Salute Foundation and other charitable organizations; and logistics support from the Civil Air Patrol, WAA has become the largest event of the year at ALNC.
WAA is a national program which has spread across the country. It is a way to show a united front all across the United States of America as we Remember the Fallen, Honor those who serve, and Teach our children the value of freedom. The holiday wreaths symbolize honor to those who have served and are serving in the armed forces of our great nation, and to their families who endure sacrifices everyday on our behalf. As the wreaths are laid, all volunteers are reminded that those resting in the hallowed ground of ALNC were real Americans with families, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles.
This year's cermony program will be updated below and on our Facebook page approximately 4 weeks prior to the ceremony.
Special Notice for 2020: The public Wreaths Across America Ceremony (WAA) scheduled for Saturday December 19, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Alabama National Cemetery has been canceled due to Covid 19 restrictions. We have, however, developed a plan to lay all wreaths on alternate dates and times, in compliance with CDC and local guidelines. Please visit our blog post dated 11/23/20 and/or our Facebook page for the latest update. We will also conduct a participants only ceremony which will be videoed and shared via social media. During this challenging year, more than ever, the presence of wreaths will have a special meaning of support, so please consider sponsoring a wreath.
Wreaths Across America at the Alabama National Cemetery
Click on the download file below for one of our donor partner's (Blue Star Salute Foundation) mail-in form or donate electronically using the link below (please make sure to include code #15482 so that your wreath will be assigned to ALNC).
If your on-line donation is in memory or honor of a veteran, please use the contact us email on this site to advise us of your electronic donation, with the name of the veteran, and whether living or deceased, no later than Nov. 30. Please note that at this time, we do not receive memorial donor information from the electronic donation site.
The Support Committee is committed to honoring our military veterans who are interred at the Alabama National Cemetery. Throughout the year, special commemorative ceremonies are held to recognize veterans from different eras, remember their legacy and teach younger generations the price of freedom.
This year's public Vietnam War Veterans Commemoration Ceremony which was to be held on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 10 am at the Alabama National Cemetery has been canceled due to COVID-19. Additionally, the public Keep the Spirit of 45 Wreath Laying and Taps Ceremony which was to be held on Sunday, August 9 at 6:30 pm to remember and honor the World War II generation has been canceled as well. Please follow our blog for information concerning our online observances.
Additionally, the SC creates special program content regarding the history and stories of veterans who are interred at the cemetery for school groups visiting the cemetery.
Visit us on both our blog and Facebook for event listings and updates.
In 2018, the Support Committee began placing graveside flags in observance of Veterans Day. For more information concerning the date and time for 2020 placement* and removal, visit us on Facebook and read our Blog for updates.
*Special Note for 2020: Per National Cemetery Administration directive concerning COVID 19 restrictions, mass flag placements will not be allowed in 2020. Family members and friends, however, are welcome to bring their own individual flags to place on their loved ones graves.