Wreaths Across America in Illinois

Wreaths Across America for Illinois

State House Wreath Ceremony December 3, 2013 ~ National Wreaths Across America event December 14, 2013

Our Mission: to Remember - Honor - and Teach

Remember the fallen;

Honor those who serve;

Teach our children the value of freedom.

Our mission, “Remember, Honor, Teach”, is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies on a specified Saturday in December at Arlington, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. We also organize a week of events including international veteran’s tributes, ceremonies at State Houses, and a week-long “Veteran’s Parade” between Maine and Virginia. We stop along the way to spread our message about the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.
Wreaths Across America™ feels strongly that we do not “decorate” graves. We are honoring all veterans and active military by placing wreaths on the headstones of veterans. The fresh evergreens are a symbol used for centuries to recognize honor and a living tribute renewed annually.

We invite you to join us for the Statehouse wreath ceremony to be held December 3, 2013 11:00AM  – Springfield, IL in conjunction with the Nativity ceremony.

This statehouse wreath symbolizes the departure of the wreaths from Harrington, MA on their trek to Arlington.
Location Leader: Chaplain Steve Holden, United States Emergency Chaplains Corps
Contact Number: (217) 963-2772 chap1070@aol.com

We invite you to join us at any of the wreath-laying ceremonies to be held nation-wide concurrently on Saturday, December 15th, 2012 at 11:00 AM (Noon EST). http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/locations/

Alton National Cemetery - ILANCA
Location Address: 600 Pearl St Alton IL 62002
Location Graves: 540
Location Veteran Graves: 540
Accepting Sponsorship Wreaths: Yes
Volunteer Location Leader: Margaret Hopkins
Telephone: 618-474-2005
E-mail: hopkins1014@sbcglobal.net

Bloomington - Korean War/ Vietnam Memorial - ILKVMB
Location Address: Miller Park Bloomington IL 61701
Location Graves: N/A
Location Veteran Graves: N/A
Accepting Sponsorship Wreaths: No - Ceremonial Only
Volunteer Location Leader: Larry Wilder
Telephone: 309-766-6954
Contact Number: 309-766-6954 larry.wilder.a5gy@statefarm.com

Danville National Cemetery Danville - ILDNCD
Location Address: 1900 E. Main Danville IL 61832
Location Graves: 11000
Location Veteran Graves: 11000
Accepting Sponsorship Wreaths: Yes
Telephone: 217- 443-0145
Volunteer Location Coordinator: Jim Beebe of the Elks Club lodgesecy@comcast.net

Edwardsville, IL ~ Nix Judy Cemetery
Location Address: Hwy 157
Edwardsville, IL 62025
(9) veterans, six (6) from the Revolution and three (3) from the War of 1812
Placing Sponsorship Wreaths: Yes
Accepting Grave Specific Requests:
Volunteer Location Coordinator: Charles Dobias
Telephone: 618-594-8273
E-mail: dobiascd@aol.com

Elwood - Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery - ILALNE
Location Address: 20953 W. Hoff Rd Elwood IL 60421
Location Graves: 30000
Location Veteran Graves: 30000
Accepting Sponsorship Wreaths: Yes
Volunteer Location Leader: Debbie Smothers
E-mail: proudarmysis4@sbcglobal.net
Contact Number: 815-723-6960 or cell 815-693-3215

La Salle - Illinois Valley Area Ceremony ILPPLS
Location Address: 1001 Fifth St La Salle IL 61301
Location Graves: Ceremony held at Veterans home and the wreaths are laid at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens
Location Veteran Graves:
Accepting Sponsorship Wreaths: Yes
Volunteer Location Leader: Toni Lucas
Telephone: 270-703-9799
E-mail: teddibera@gmail.com or grannie@comcast.net
Location Leader: Toni Lucas
Contact Number: 270-703-9799

Marseilles - Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial - ILMECM
Location Address: 200 River Front Dr Marseilles IL 61341
Location Graves: 6345 Names
Location Veteran Graves: 6345 Names
Accepting Sponsorship Wreaths: Yes
Location Leader: Craig Herkes
Contact Number: 815-462-5932 H / 630-638-8032 C cherkes@chdeli.com

McLean - DAV #60- ILDAV60
Lead Squadron or Group: DAV #60- Illinois
Location Leader: Cleo Jordan
Contact Number: 309-874-2717 dav60cleo@aol.com

Mound City National Cemetery Mound City - ILMNMC
Location Leader: Becky Kleckner
Contact Number: 618-521-5228 bekec12@gmail.com

New Berlin Memorial
Location Address: 725 East Illinois St
Placing Sponsorship Wreaths: No
Volunteer Location Coordinator: James Davenport
E-mail: Info@nbvma.org

Peoria Springdale Cemetery - ILSCPE
Location Address: 3014 N Prospect Rd Peoria IL 61603
Location Graves: 70000
Location Veteran Graves: unknown (around 500)
Accepting Sponsorship Wreaths: Yes
Volunteer Location Leader: Jon Austin
Telephone: 309-681-1400
E-mail: jon@springdalecemetery.com 

LQNCQ - Quincy National Cemetery, Quincy
Location Address: 36th & Main St
Quincy, IL 62301
Number of Graves: 243
Number of Veteran Graves: 243
Placing Sponsorship Wreaths: Yes
Accepting Grave Specific Requests: Yes
**All grave specific requests must be coordinated with the location coordinator directly.**
**Please note that the location coordinator will not be held responsible for any wreaths that
are moved, stolen, or disturbed by wildlife.**
Volunteer Location Coordinator: Chris Brocksmith
Telephone: 217-316-5483
E-mail: cgbrocksmith@gmail.com

Rankin - Rankin Veterans Memorial Monument - ILRVMM
Accepting Sponsorship Wreaths: No - Ceremonial Only
Volunteer Location Leader: Brenda Mundell
Telephone: 765-447-2728
E-mail: brenjmu@aol.com

Rock Island National Cemetery Rock Island - ILRINR
Arsenal Bldg 118 Rock Island IL 61299
Location Graves: 22373
Location Veteran Graves: 15000
Accepting Sponsorship Wreaths: Yes
Lead Squadron or Group: Quad City Composite Squadron CAP
Location Leader: Lt. Col. Thomas Nielsen
Contact Number: 309-797-1588 il008@mediacombb.net

Schaumburg - St. Peter's Lutheran Church Cemetery - ILSTPL
Location Address: 202 East Schaumburg Rd Schaumburg IL 60194
Location Graves:
Location Veteran Graves: 25
Accepting Sponsorship Wreaths: Yes
Volunteer Location Leader: Brendan Seyring
Telephone: 847-651-6895
E-mail: schaumburgwreaths@gmail.com

Springfield - Camp Butler National Cemetery - ILCBNS
Location Address: 5063 Camp Butler Rd Springfield IL 62707
Location Graves: 23000
Location Veteran Graves: 23000
Accepting Sponsorship Wreaths: Yes
Volunteer Location Leader: David McKnelly
Telephone: 217-415-6464
E-mail: david_mcknelly@att.net
Lead Squadron or Group: American Legion Riders Post 759

Springfield Oak Ridge Cemetery Memorials
1411 Monument, IL 62702 Volunteer Location Coordinator: Michael Lee
Telephone: 217-741-3009
E-mail: biker1950@comcast.net

Tuscola - Military Memorial - ILMMTL
Location Address: Douglas County Courthouse 401 South Center St Tuscola IL 61953
Accepting Sponsorship Wreaths: Yes
Volunteer Location Leader: April Kauffman
Telephone: 217-369-5480
E-mail: adk217@yahoo.com

Washington, IL - Glendale Cemetery
Location Leader: Carol K Moss
Contact Number: 309-444-9076 Joeeagle@frontier.com

Wreaths Across America was formed as a non-profit organization (501-C3 status - EIN 20-8362270) in 2007. In direct response to the many letters and requests from supporters all around the Country they too could get involved and bring the Arlington Wreath Project experience to their local communities. If you would like to help, please sponsor one or more wreaths to be laid at one of the over 200 state and national cemeteries all across the country. Please sponsor a wreath at http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/act-now/ What started over 20 years ago as one's man's dream to honor Veterans with Maine wreaths for the holidays, has become an annual event cherished by many. Humbled with a new understanding about the impact the Arlington Wreath Project has made, not only in honoring the dead, but recognizing the sacrifices of the living. Morrill Worcester - President of Worcester Wreath Company committed himself to doing more by reaching out across the country.