Holiday Wreath-laying to Honor Veterans is this Saturday

Tahoma National Cemetery will host Wreaths Across America, an annual holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember our nation’s Veterans. Dec. 15, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. Tahoma National Cemetery Flag Pole Assembly Area – 18600 SE 240th Street, Kent, WA 98042

This year’s theme is “Be Their Witness”. The inspiration for this year’s theme stems from the 2009 drama “Taking Chance,” which was based on the experiences of U.S. Marine Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl, who escorted the body of a fallen Marine, PFC Chance Phelps back to his hometown in Wyoming from the Iraq War.

WAA’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington, as well as at veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. The Washington Civil Air Patrol, Veterans service organizations and citizens are coordinating the event to honor Veterans of each branch of the military, the Merchant Marine as well as Prisoners of War and those still Missing in Action (POW/MIA).

Chaplain LtCol William Adam, USAFA/CAP will emcee the Wreaths Across America event. Colonel Jay Rodne, USMC and current 5th Congressional District Representative will be the keynote speaker.

Covington Mayor Jeff Wagner will provide the opening remarks and read the City Proclamation.

The Worcester Wreath Company, through a campaign called Wreaths Across America, began donating holiday wreaths in tribute to Veterans laid to rest at VA national cemeteries and state Veterans cemeteries in 2006. In the spirit of honoring Veterans at this time of year, Washington Civil Air Patrol is coordinating a wreath ceremony at Tahoma National Cemetery as a part of the national Wreaths Across America effort. For more information on this event, visit the website at