EVENT Wreaths Across America-Houston

Celebrate Independence Day honoring the soldiers buried at Houston National Cemetery as a participant in Wreaths Across America-Houston’s (WAA-H) new program, The Reading.

On Friday, July 6 at 3 p.m. volunteers from the community will begin reading aloud all 78,000 names of those fallen heroes. The Reading will take approximately 51 hours and will take place at the Hemicycle on the cemetery grounds at 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive.

“We wanted to do something that had not been done before at this cemetery, but would be a great honor to our veterans,” said Scott deMasi, WAA-H’s director. “We will continue to read day and night straight through until Sunday evening until every name has been read.”

WAA-H is a non-profit organization known for annually placing live wreaths on the grave sites of our fallen heroes at the cemetery each December thanks to $15 donations primarily from the community throughout the year. Since December 2008, volunteers have placed an ever-increasing amount of wreaths. However, this year, WAA-H’s goal is to place a wreath at all 78,000 grave sites.

To help fund the 2012 wreath purchases, WAA-H will kick off a wreath sponsorship campaign during the 51 hours of The Reading event. The goal is set at $1,000 per hour for a total of $51,000 to be raised before the last name is read. A special online page is available at the WAA-H website to make donations specifically in support of The Reading."

For those who would like to volunteer as a reader, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For those who would like to make a wreath sponsorship or for more information, go towww.waahouston.com.

The Wreaths Across America mission is to “Remember, Honor, and Teach.” More than 17 years ago the Worcester Wreath Company (a for-profit commercial business from Harrington, Maine) began a tradition of placing wreaths on the headstones of our nation's fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery during the holidays. The Houston 501(3) C non-profit organization was sparked by the questions of a young boy asking why wreaths were not placed in Houston like they were at Arlington National Cemetery.

For more information, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to www.waahouston.com.

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