Wreaths Across America

Reader Tom Carlson attended the Wreaths Across American event at the Arizona Veteran’s Cemetery in Marana in 2017.

The goal of the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony is to place a wreath on the grave of every American veteran. Last year, over 1,800,000 wreaths were donated by individuals and corporate sponsors, and over 1,640 volunteers participated in placing the wreaths. 

This year’s ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. at the following cemeteries in the Tucson area: Evergreen Cemetery, East Lawn Cemetery, South Lawn Cemetery, Holy Hope Cemetery, Veterans’ Cemetery in Marana and the Veterans’ Cemetery in Sierra Vista

Consider donating a wreath and/or volunteering to place a wreath. An individual donation is $15 for one wreath. For more information, go to wreathsacrossamerica.org.

As for regular post business, all meetings are held at the AMVETS 770 Post, 3015 S. Kinney Road. The post met on the first Sunday of the month (Nov. 3) at 9:30 a.m. The Ladies Auxiliary will meet Sunday, Nov. 10 at 9:30 a.m. The Sons of AMVETS met Monday, Nov. 4.

AMVETS Post 770 is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (earlier at bartender’s discretion) Monday through Saturday. On Sundays when breakfast is served, the post opens at 9 a.m. Happy hour is Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. There is no happy hour on the weekends or on major holidays. Check the bulletin board on the front of the Post for special events and meals. All activities at the Post are subject to change without notice.  Check the bulletin board for fliers about activates or call the Post at 883-6304. The Club will close at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28.

In addition to the usual activities at the post, there will be a band Friday, Nov. 8 starting at 8 p.m. The Auxiliary will host a dinner Saturday, Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. The board of trustees will host a dinner Saturday, Nov. 16 starting at 5 p.m. The Riders will host a dinner Saturday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. The Auxiliary will also host a bake sale in the post parking lot on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 8 a.m. until all goods are sold. There will also be a golf cart poker run that night.

The post will also offer card games Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All activates at the post are subject to change without notice.  Check the bulletin board for fliers about activities or call the post at 883-6304.

Official days to fly the flag this month are Tuesday, Nov. 5 for Election Day; Sunday, Nov. 10 for the Marine Corp. Birthday; Monday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day; and Thursday, Nov. 28 for Thanksgiving. 

Other days of interest this month include the 101st anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I on Monday, Nov. 11; the 156th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address on Tuesday, Nov. 19; and the 22nd anniversary of the establishment of the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary on Friday, Nov. 22.

If you are a veteran or the close relative of a veteran, consider joining AMVETS Post 770.  Call 883-6304 to get more information about joining the Post, the Auxiliary or the Sons Of. Valerie H. Davis is the AMVETS Post 770 Public Relations Officer.

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