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

The Wreaths Across America 2020 Mission at Sarasota National Cemetery will span a 3 day period beginning December 17th and ending at 4:45pm on December 19th.  

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 19th on Social media sites, YouTube and various other websites.

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 3 Day Mission.

5. Gloves, Masks are required, Social Distancing is required.

6. Buses and larger passenger vehicles containing more than 6 people are not permitted on the cemetery grounds during this three day Mission.

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.  

Thursday December 17th – 8am-9am, 9am to 10am or 10am to 11am

Friday, December 18th – 8am to 9am, 9am to 10am

Saturday, December 19th - 8am to 9am, 9am to 10am

IMPORTANT: To insure 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. 

The General Public and our Supporters must register to volunteer. Volunteers are needed beginning on Thursday, December 17th at 11:00 until 4:45pm, Friday, December 18th from 10am until 4:45pm, and Saturday December 19th from 10am until 4:45pm. Time frames are in 45 minute increments, and everyone must register. 

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

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”.   


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Ceremony Details

Location Information

Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota FL (FLSNCS)
9810 State Rd 72
Sarasota, FL 34241
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December 18 at 12:00 pm, 2021

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.  No Buses or vehicles containing more than 6 passengers will be permitted on the grounds.

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 buses, 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 our Wreath Across America ceremony at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota FL. 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.

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