Memorial Park Cemetery Hosts Ceremony for Wreaths Across America

Photo by SM Tamara Shannon, Oklahoma Wing  
IN REMEBRANCE: Oklahoma Wing Civil Air Patrol Riverside Flight Cadet Airman First Class Chloe Shannon salutes a veteran’s grave at Memorial Park Cemetery during the 2019 Wreaths Across America wreath laying ceremony.

Memorial Park Cemetery, an official Wreaths Across America (WAA) location, hosted a wreath-laying ceremony in December, joining more than 1,600 other locations across the country for National Wreaths Across America Day. Coordinated and led by local volunteers, fundraising groups have raised $6,420 to place 428 wreaths on the headstones of our fallen service members at Memorial Park Cemetery. The hopes are for one day being able to place a wreath on every fallen service member’s grave at Memorial Park Cemetery from the growing community support each year. This annual event seeks to further the WAA mission of Remember, Honor, Teach, ensuring that the memory of those who served our country endures.
Attending the event were Veterans, active service members and families in addition to Kevin Hern, U.S. Representative; Cory Box, Jenks City Councilor; Kevin McDugle, Oklahoma State Representative; Joe Newhouse, Oklahoma State Senator; Michael Spurgeon, Broken Arrow City Manager; Jeremy Roberts, Broken Arrow Battalion Fire Chief.
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at more than 1,600 veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and overseas.
Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel is located at 5111 S. Memorial Dr. in Tulsa.