On December 13th at noon, the Herndon Woman’s Club will honor our many Veterans who are buried in the Chestnut Grove Cemetery by participating in the National Wreaths Across America Day.
Officially established in 1882, Herndon’s Chestnut Grove Cemetery is the final resting place of several hundred veterans, dating back to the Civil War. Fifty seven years later, the Herndon Woman’s Club was established. Since 1939 they have united women in our community -- through volunteerism and fundraising -- to support various local, state, national and international causes.
The Wreaths Across America organization is dedicated to spreading the message about the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms. One way they do this is to coordinate wreath laying ceremonies at Arlington, as well as at other locations in all 50 states.
This year the Herndon Woman’s Club will join Wreaths Across America to honor our veterans who are laid to rest at Chestnut Grove. On December 13th, the club will remember the fallen, the prisoners of war, the missing in action and honor those who have served and are serving this great nation with a short ceremony. Volunteers will then place commemorative wreaths on many of the stone pillars surrounding Chestnut Grove Cemetery.
Chestnut Grove Cemetery has been registered with Wreaths Across America and now anyone can go online and order a wreath to be placed there. The Woman’s Club encourages members of the public to read more about Wreaths Across America at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org and to join them in this worthy effort.