Fort Ontario chosen as official location for National Wreaths Across America Day
November 10, 2022
National non-profit organization Wreaths Across America (WAA) announced that Fort Ontario will once again be an official location for the organization and will support its mission to remember, honor and teach. The ceremony will take place at the post cemetery on Saturday, December 17 at noon inside the old stone fort in front of the enlisted men’s barracks.
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the cemetery’s participation in this national event, joining more than 3,100 participating locations across the country.
Millions of Americans come together each year to remember the dead, honor those who serve and their families, and teach the next generation the value of freedom. This gathering of volunteers and patriots is taking place at local and state cemeteries in all 50 states as part of National Wreaths Day across America.
Each year a new theme is chosen to help volunteers and supporters focus their messages and awareness in their own communities. This year, the national nonprofit organization announces that the theme for 2022 is “Finding a Way to Serve.”
Inspiration for this year’s theme came from a few different places, including the American Rosie movement. The movement shines a light on the stories of the women of World War II known as Rosie the Riveters, or simply “Rosies”. These women came together to do the work that needed to be done for our freedom. The movement encourages young people to get involved in their own communities to serve in small ways that can have a big impact.
Under this new theme, Wreaths Across America is revamping its educational program and working with like-minded organizations to develop action plans to inspire young people across the country to find a way to serve in 2022 and beyond. -of the.
“You don’t have to be in military service to serve your community and your country,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America. “Serving others or being of service to others gives purpose, and I’ve seen firsthand, from Gold Star families to veterans, how it can help people heal.”
Wreaths Across America volunteers work year-round to ensure that buried service members are memorialized, their families and living veterans are honored, and the next generation is taught the value of freedom.
Last year, volunteers placed more than 2.4 million wreaths on veterans’ headstones at 3,137 participating locations across the country and read each veteran’s name aloud. This ceremony honors the service and sacrifices that these men and women have made for our freedoms.
“Each person has something to give, whether it’s their time, their ideas, their compassion or their resources,” Worcester added. “What may seem like the simplest act or gift can spark a national movement, and that’s what we hope this theme will spark in people. I think Mother Teresa said it best, “the greatest good is what we do for each other”.
National Wreaths Across America Day is Saturday, December 17, and this year’s ceremony in Fort Ontario will feature guest speakers such as Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow, WAA Location Coordinator Corey King and the Fort Ontario Historic Site Assistant Danielle Funiciello.
National Wreaths Across America Day is a free, non-partisan community event open to everyone.
To follow stories throughout the year from across the country focused on this theme, please use the hashtag #FindAWay2022
For more information on the program, follow the Fort Ontario WAA Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/FortOntarioWAA/.
To find out how to volunteer or sponsor a wreath for an American Hero at Fort Ontario Post Cemetery, please visit
The Post Cemetery in Fort Ontario has been chosen as the official location for National Wreaths Across America Day. Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization founded in 1992. The organization’s mission to remember, honor, and teach is accomplished in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at the National Cemetery of Arlington as well as thousands of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. Pictured, a child places a memorial wreath in front of a headstone at Fort Ontario Post Cemetery in 2020. Photo courtesy of Emily King.
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