Wreaths Across America is a grass-roots organization that works to place a wreath at the gravesite of every U.S. veteran in every cemetery across the world. Century has partnered with Olinger Highland Cemetery and Mortuary on I-25 and 104th Avenue as part of a community-wide IB Community and Service project. Volunteer needs are really split into many phases and vary by activity. There are approximately 1,200 gravesites at Olinger.
Website to sponsor Wreaths
Wreath Numbers Update
Currently, Century Middle School's efforts for Wreaths Across America have secured enough sponsorships to place approximately 850 wreaths. That includes all efforts to this point, carryover from last year and sponsorships through Century's and Olinger's Wreaths page. While it's currently short of our goal of 1,200 wreaths, we still have about 2 weeks or so to get where we need to be for the December ceremony. The last day to sponsor wreaths is Monday, November 28th at Noon MT.
Century has chosen the "3 for 2" option meaning that for every 2 wreaths sponsored we recieve a third at no charge.
Keep spreading the word. Sponsorships are tax deductible.
Rock for Wreaths was awesome.
Sponsorship Deadline/Donation Deadline
Any and all donations for Wreaths Across America must be into Century Middle School by Monday, November 28th at NOON. This is important as we will be gone during the week of Thanksgiving (November 21-25).Our goal is to cover all 1,200 sites at Olinger. Please follow this link to place your sponsorship of wreaths online. Our wreath order needs to be placed on November 28th.
Pre-Ceremony Flag Placement
Prior to the event, local Boy Scout/Girl Scout troops will be placing flags at gravesites on December 10. If your troop would like to be involved with that activity, please contact Angela Coleman at Olinger Cemetery at the email address attached here.
Wreaths Delivery Date
Wreaths will typically arrive a few days before the ceremony. As soon as I get a delivery date/approximate time, we will let everyone know. We will be asking for some "muscle" to help unload. More hands make less work.
The morning of the event can be organized chaos but it's GOOD work. We will need some help early in the morning to move wreaths from the old chapel to an outside location for distribution. Again, more hands make less work. Thanks for considering helping out early. If you are willing to help coordinate that, please email Mike Grapner firstname.lastname@example.org.
The December ceremony that is coordinated with Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia will feature a jazz ensemble from Horizon High School providing patriotic and holiday music along with "Taps" being performed by Century's own, James Wiske during the ceremony. Thornton Mayor, Heidi Williams, will once again be our "Master of Ceremony". American Legion Post 22 will post colors along with a 21-gun salute as part of the ceremony.
If you would like to attend the ceremony, please follow the link here. Signing up does NOT commit you to anything. This only helps us plan for traffic and coffee/donuts. No Google sign in is required. The ceremony is open to the public.
Stay tuned for this date. Cemetery regulations will help us dictate when our cleanup date is but plan on sometime in LATE January.
Again thank you to everyone for helping us
"Remember. Honor. Teach."
Century and Wreaths Across America both operate as a 501c3 non-profit organization so all donations are tax deductible. If you or your organization would like to participate and help us with a donation, we can arrange a presentation about our mission and what we do. Please don't hesitate to contact Mike Grapner via email or at 720-979-7475.