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REMEMBER the Fallen. . . HONOR those who Serve. . . TEACH our children the value of Freedom.

Welcome to VA0790 - Freedom's Cadence's Wreaths Across America Page. This Sponsorship Group was started by 11 year old Cadence Smeltzer, in 2020, in an effort to make sure that every veteran buried at Yorktown Cemetery receives a wreath this and every holiday season, honoring their service and sacrifice for this great nation. Cadence has volunteered her time since 2017, in both acquiring wreath sponsorships, as well as participating in the wreath laying ceremonies held each December.  Each year, she gained more and more sponsorships, but was devastated to see that Yorktown Cemetery repeatedly fell short of its goal, meaning many graves were left without a wreath. 

Cadence decided to create her own Sponsorship Group in 2020 and increased her normal sponsorship goal by 300%. With the incredible support from her family, friends, and community, Cadence raised $11,000 last year, which in turn purchased 1,100 wreaths for veterans.  Cadence's efforts were featured in the local newspaper, on several local news stations, as well as in the Langley AFB newspaper. She ensured that every veteran buried at Yorktown National Cemetery received a wreath for Christmas.  Not only was Yorktown National Cemetery completely covered, but she helped to honor veterans buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery (Portsmouth, VA), Arlington National Cemetery (Washington, DC), and a small cemetery in New Jersey.

For 2021, Cadence once again set a high sponsorship goal for herself. She ended the season getting sponsorships for 426 wreaths over four different cemeteries.  She once again insured that Yorktown National Cemetery was fully sponored.  For 2022, Cadence has started her fundraising goals at 250 wreaths. She is determined to exceed this goal and do her part in ensuring that every veteran buried at Yorktown Cemetery is honored and remembered this holiday season.  Would you consider helping her with her mission?

REMEMBER FOR EVERY 2 WREATHS SPONSORED, AN ADDITIONAL WREATH IS PLACED AT NO EXTRA COST!!

On December 16, 2023 at 12:00 pm (Wreath Placement Immediately Following Ceremony), VA0790 - Freedom's Cadence will be helping Cedar Grove Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans by laying Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes.

Please help us honor and remember as many fallen heroes as possible by sponsoring remembrance wreaths, volunteering on Wreaths Day, or inviting your family and friends to attend with you.

Thank you so much for supporting Cadence, her group VA0790 - Freedom's Cadence and Wreaths Across America!

Sponsor Wreaths

Click "Sponsor Wreaths" to sponsor a wreath and help us reach our goal of honoring every veteran at the cemetery.

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In Honor Of for Robin Gueths, Honored by Yorktown National Cemetery

In memory of 1Lt Robin E. Gueths, 334 TFS, 27 Feb 55 - 3 Sep 80.

Location Information

VACGPS - Cedar Grove Cemetery
301 Fort Lane
Portsmouth, VA 23704, United States
Click here for the Cedar Grove Cemetery Page

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December 16, 2023 at 12:00 pm (Wreath Placement Immediately Following Ceremony)

Alden Chester, Ruth Chester

Directions to Cemetery

Please do not attempt to drive into the cemetery through either gate. For the safety of attendees and access for emergency vehicles, there will be no access for any vehicle, unless by permission, and absolutely necessary to drop off an attendee.  Vehicles will not be allowed to park in the cemetery. 

Navigation systems do an adequate job finding the cemetery. There are only two pedestrian entrances. There is parking outside the wall along Fort Lane (west side of the cemetery) and parking outside the south wall can be found behind Churches Chicken and Hardees on London Blvd, near the south gate entrance (where you might find adequate parking).  

Parking Instructions

There is parking on Fort Lane and sometimes there are spots available in the Churchs and Hardees restaurant parking lots. The single lane drive is for foot traffic only. There is no parking in the Cemetery and no cars will be permitted to enter. Please do not drive into the Cemetery.

Ceremony and Volunteer Information

We are happy that you are willing to help with our Wreath Across America ceremony at Cedar Grove Cemetery. Please do not forget to register to volunteer! That way you will get all updates about the cemetery itself.

Here are some things to remember about the ceremony:

  • Everyone of all ages and backgrounds is welcome.
  • Please help ensure that all participants get the opportunity to place a wreath.
  • Please follow the location coordinators instructions on where to place wreaths, as well as "how" they should be placed.
  • We especially appreciate volunteers willing to help clean-up. Please check in with the location coordinator if you are interested in helping with the clean-up.

The most important thing to remember is to have a wonderful experience participating in the ceremony and thank you so much for help Wreaths achieve our mission to remember, honor and teach.

Our Locations

VACGPS - Cedar Grove Cemetery

Welcome to VACGPS - Cedar Grove Cemetery and thank you deeply for helping us with our goal to honor as many veterans as possible on Wreaths Across America Day, December 16, 2023 (Wreath Placement Immediately Following Ceremony). Please click "View" to learn more about our effort or to volunteer to help or click "Sponsor" to purchase wreaths that will be laid on the graves of our fallen heroes by our loyal volunteers.

VAYNCY - Yorktown National Cemetery

Welcome to VAYNCY and thank you deeply for helping us with our goal to honor as many veterans as possible on Wreaths Across America Day,December 16, 2023 (Wreath Placement Immediately Following Ceremony). Please click "View" to learn more about our effort or to volunteer to help or click "Sponsor" to purchase wreaths that will be laid on the graves of our fallen heroes by our loyal volunteers.