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Captain Gordon R. Nakagawa Scholarship Fundraiser - Wreaths Across America - Living Wreath Fundraiser  


The Marina Foundation, through the Wreaths Across America (WAA) program, is selling living wreaths to benefit the Captain Gordon R. Nakagawa Scholarship for Marina High School. By purchasing a wreath through this program, WAA will donate $5 to the scholarship for each wreath purchased. 

TO DONATE (sponsor):  

Choose the "Sponsor Wreaths" red tab (next to the "Volunteer" tab) at the top of this page. Once you click on the "Sponsor Wreaths" tab, the name of the Fundraiser and Group ID will appear at the top of that page: "CA0058P-Capt Gordon Nakagawa Scholarship (CA0058P) |22364|". You will be given several options for purchasing wreaths ("Number of Wreaths to Sponsor"). 

NOTE: If you prefer to purchase a Patriot Pair or another type of wreath "More Options" are listed further down on this page. Click on the one you want, and it will take you to another page which will also have the Fundraiser information at the top.

The next section you can choose to either donate to the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery or Arlington National Cemetery or another cemetery of your choice. ("Location to Support"). 

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us and we will be happy to help you get through this process.

We hope you will take part in this very worthy cause to honor Gordon Nakagawa as well as other veterans, and to support Marina High School. 

We thank you for your support. 


About Gordon R. Nakagawa, USN (Retired)

Captain Gordon Ross Nakagawa, USN (ret), was a career naval officer. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and the Naval Postgraduate School with a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, where he also returned to teach in Operations Research.  

Captain Nakagawa’s distinguished career as a naval officer included flying 185 combat missions during four combat deployments to Vietnam. In December 1972, his aircraft was struck by enemy fire, resulting in him being detained as a prisoner of war in Hanoi. He later became Commanding Officer of the Naval Air Station Pt. Mugu. He coordinated all major design competitions for Naval Aviation at Naval Air Systems Command, and in his final active-duty assignment, was Chair for Tactical Analysis at Naval Postgraduate School Monterey. 

During his service, Captain Nakagawa was awarded two Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, two Meritorious Service Medals, Distinguished Marksman (Rifle) Medal, Distinguished Pistol Medal, POW Medal and various other campaign, service and individual awards. 

He was elected to the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Board serving 8 1/2 years and is a Board member Emeritus of Leadership Monterey Peninsula. He was granted a Leadership Recognition Award from the California Association of Leadership Programs. He is a 2000 California State University Monterey Bay Distinguished Fellow, a 2004 Monterey County Veteran of the Year, and 2006 Marina Citizen of the Year. 

Through all his endeavors, he always strived for greater understanding and excellence. These two $10,000 scholarships are awarded with regard to his dedication to his country, community and higher education. The Marina Foundation takes great pride in awarding The Gordon R. Nakagawa Scholarships.


The National Wreaths Across America Day ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2022. On that day, volunteers will be laying wreaths at grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery and at cemeteries throughout the country.  

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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Thank you for your service to our great nation. We love and miss you dearly.

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Location Information

CACACV - California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery
2900 Parker Flats Road
Seaside, CA 93955, United States
Click here for the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Page


December 14, 2024 at 12:00 pm (Wreath Placement Immediately Following Ceremony)

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Directions to Cemetery

California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery

2900 Parker Flats Road, Seaside, CA 93955

Exit Hwy 1 at Lightfighter Drive

Turn Right on General Jim Moore Blvd

Turn Left on Gigling Road

Turn Right on Parker Flats Cut Off Road

Turn Left at first stop sign (Parker Flats Road)

Cemetery will be on the right

Parking Instructions

There is plenty of parking at this cemetery, so feel free to park in any available spot.

Ceremony and Volunteer Information

We are happy that you are willing to help with our Wreath Across America ceremony at California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery. Please do not forget to register to volunteer.

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 helping to achieve our mission to remember, honor and teach.

Our Locations

CACACV - California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery

Welcome to CACACV - California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery and thank you deeply for helping us with our goal to honor as many veterans as possible on Wreaths Across America Day, December 14, 2024 (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.

ARLING - Arlington National Cemetery

Welcome to the Wreaths Across America location page for Arlington National Cemetery. As one of the largest veteran cemeteries in the United States, the goal of placing a wreath on every marker is lofty. Our volunteers are committed to Remembering and Honoring our nation’s veterans through the laying of wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each veteran aloud. Please help Wreaths Across America reach our goal by sponsoring a veteran's wreath and register to join us on December 14, 2024 at 12:00 pm (Wreath Placement Beginning at 8:00 AM) as we place the veterans' wreaths.