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2021 So Far
17,750 Wreaths Sponsored
3.2% Over Our Goal!
Exceeded by 550 Wreaths!
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IMPORTANT:  DO  NOT ATTEMPT TO REGISTER UNTIL AFTER FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2021

For the 2021 Wreaths Across America Mission at Sarasota National Cemetery, the following modifications have been made to maintain a safe and successful Mission.

The Wreaths Across America 2021 Mission at Sarasota National Cemetery will span a 2 day period beginning December 17th and ending at 4:45pm on December 18th.

1. Do NOT call Sarasota National Cemetery for information. Please call the Wreaths Across America Chairman at 941-448-6299.

2. There will NOT be a Public Ceremony. There will be a Virtual Ceremony available and posted on December 18th on Social media sites, YouTube and various other media outlets.

3. Everyone must register. No Registration, no Admittance, no Exceptions.

4. Everyone registering must be willing to comply with COVID-19 Restrictions and National Cemetery Administration’s Directives during the 2 Day Mission - masks must be worn if you have not been vaccinated for Covid-19.

5. Buses and larger passenger vehicles containing more than 6 people are not permitted on the cemetery grounds on Friday, December 17th.

7. Everyone participating must cooperate with the above and with maintaining the number of people on Sarasota National Cemetery’s Federal grounds at any given time by complying with all instructions given at Registration, at Check in and during their time frame on the grounds and follow Mission Volunteers Instructions.

  We will continue to honor “Family First” and have allotted time frames for Family Members Only to lay their loved ones Veterans Wreaths.

Friday, December 17th – NO BUSSES! Passenger Vehicles Only 

Family First Registration Times - 8am to 8:45am, 9am to 9:45am, 10am to 10:45, 11am to 11:45am.  IMPORTANT: To ensure Family members have the opportunity to lay their loved one’s wreath, Family should email Meshia Richardson, Chairman at sarasotawreaths@gmail.com with their loved one’s name, Branch of Service and section number if known so that the location will be reserved for Family Only.

General Public Registration Times - 12pm to 12:45pm, 1pm to 1:45pm, 2pm to 2:45pm, 3pm to 3:45pm

Wreaths will be distributed to each vehicle at registration check in. Do not exceed more than six people per vehicle and per registration. Drivers will then be directed to drive to a pre-designated Section where they will lay their wreaths, and instructed to “Say their Name and thank them for their Service and their Sacrifice”.

Saturday, December 18th -

Family First Registration Times - 9am to 9:45am, 10am to 10:45, 11am to 11:45am.   IMPORTANT: To ensure Family members have the opportunity to lay their loved one’s wreath, Family should email Meshia Richardson, Chairman at sarasotawreaths@gmail.com with their loved one’s name, Branch of Service and section number if known so that the location will be reserved for Family Only.

General Public Registration Times - 12pm to 12:45pm, 1pm to 1:45pm, 2pm to 2:45pm, 3pm to 3:45pm

For questions, contact Location Coordinator and Chairman Meshia Richardson at sarasotawreaths@gmail.com or at 941-448-6299.

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In Memoriam
by Terry Stone for John Stone, Navy, Hospital Corpsman (HM), Honored by Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota FL

In loving memory of John R Stone....husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend to many who miss him dearly. RIP in our Lord's hands.
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In Memoriam
by Terry Stone for John Stone, Navy, Hospital Corpsman (HM), Honored by Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota FL

In loving memory of John R Stone....husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend to many who miss him dearly. RIP in our Lord's hands.
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Ceremony Details

Location Information

Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota FL (FLSNCS)
9810 State Rd 72
Sarasota, FL 34241

23,000
17,200
17,750

December 17, 2021 at 08:00 am to 3:45 pm and 18, 2021 at 10:00 am to 3:45 pm

Meshia Richardson

Directions to Cemetery

I 75 to Exit #205 (Clark Road/State Rd 72). East on SR 72 4.7 miles to the 2nd (furthest East) Cemetery Entrance.  You will need your registration confirmation at check in.

Follow Local Law Enforcement, VA Police and Mission Staff instructions for entering and exiting the cemetery.  ALL TRAFFIC is ONE WAY FLOW.  

Parking Instructions

Enter SNC at the 2nd Entrance, follow directional signs and traffic attendants instructions at all times. Car Pooling is encouraged and strongly recommended. No long term parking. Drivers will be directed to a predesignated section to lay wreaths at that section. We ask that you be courteous to volunteers awaiting their opportunity to lay wreaths and leave the grounds as quickly as possible.  Thank you

Ceremony and Volunteer Information

We are happy that you are willing to help with Laying of our Veterans Wreaths at Sarasota National Cemetery. Everyone wishing to volunteer must register for a specific date and time. 

National Cemetery Administration and Federal law mandates that Masks are REQUIRED for anyone who has not been Vaccinated against Covid-19.

There will not be a Public Ceremony for 2021.  Our Ceremony will be pre-recorded and released on Social Media, YouTube and other media sites on Saturday, December 18th, 2021.


Local Groups Supporting Us

Family and Friends of Sarasota National Cemetery Inc (FL0250)

Welcome to Family and Friends of Sarasota National Cemetery Inc.'s Wreaths Across America Page! Our location fundraising group is proud to support Sarasota National Cemetery as a Three for Two Fundraising Group. Our Mission with our Fundraising is to Remember and Honor all of our veterans lying at rest at Sarasota National Cemetery. The first step for Volunteering is to Sponsor Wreaths! Please click the Sponsor Button to donate Wreaths for our 3 for 2 Fundraising Group. Then click "View" to learn more about our effort and then click "Volunteer" to Register as a Volunteer on one of three days. Thank you joining our Mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.

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Wreaths Across America-Punta Gorda (FL0499P)

Welcome to Wreaths Across America-Punta Gorda (FL0499P)! Our location fundraising group is proud to support Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery and to help honor and remember as many veterans as possible. Please click "View" to learn more about our effort and then click "Volunteer" to join us for National Wreaths Across America Day. Thank you so much!

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