Wreaths Across America
The community takes the time to honor the graves of more than 5,000 veterans and their family members interred at Wilmington National Cemetery.
Established in 1867, Wilmington National Cemetery holds more than 5,000 gravesites. Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum-duty service requirement.
On December 17, 2022, every single one of the graves was respected by the community as Wreaths Across America sponsored the honoring of deceased veterans and their families. The intent of the wreath laying is not to decorate the gravesites, but to remember, honor and teach.
The event was moving and satisfying for all involved. “The turnout by the local community and businesses was amazing,” said leading the Commander of the John E. Jacobs American Legion Post #68, which assisted with the event.
For the opening ceremony honoring veterans Mayor Brenda Bozeman of Leland and other local dignitaries were in attendance.
The ceremony was opened by three local Eagle Scouts — Gregory Gennaro, Kwelin King and Bryndan Taylor-Alexander from Troop 747 Leland, who led in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Also attending the opening ceremony were representatives of U.S. Airforce, Navy, Army, Marines, Coast Guard, Space Force, Merchant Marines and POW/MIA. After taps everyone in attendance assisted with the placing of the wreaths. As each wreath was laid the name of the veteran listed on the tombstone was read aloud.
The 2023 event will be held on December 16. For information go to: Wreaths Across America