Admiral Wayne Justice Keynotes Cape Canaveral National Cemetery Wreaths Across America Ceremony
By Space Coast Daily // December 15, 2019
RETIRED REAR ADMIRAL WAYNE JUSTICE DELIVERS KEYNOTE SPEECH HONORING OUR country’s fallen heroes
BREVARD COUNTY • MIMS, FLORIDA – Wreaths Across America was at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery Saturday to remember and honor veterans through the laying of remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud.
Retired Rear Admiral Wayne Justice once again delivered an inspirational keynote speech during the ceremony
More than 1,500 people were part of the wreath-laying ceremony.
“I was honored to keynote the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony to nearly 1,500 participants at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery today,” said Admiral Justice.
“This cemetery added over 1,900 veterans to their hallowed grounds this past year. Wreaths Across America remembers and honors all veterans and teaches through various programs our children the value of freedom.”
“Hundreds of volunteers put wreaths on thousands of graves today. I was humbled to be part of this emotional day,” said Admiral Justice.
The beautiful evergreen Christmas wreaths, which were supplied by Wreaths Across America, decorated the somber white gravestones.
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The ceremony was open to the public and everyone that attended was invited to help place the wreaths.
All 147 VA national cemeteries receive at least seven wreaths, one for each service branch, one for Merchant Marine and one for Prisoners of War and those Missing In Action (POW/MIA).
This is the 14th year of Wreaths Across America, a nationwide program that distributes holiday wreaths as a tribute to veterans laid to rest at VA national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries.
Through this program, participating organizations recognize veterans, active-duty military and their families.
“The goal is to remind the public at this time of year to remember veterans, to honor their service, and to teach children the value of freedom,” said Wreaths Across America officials.
Formerly known as Acosta Groves, the Cape Canaveral National Cemetary, located at 5525 U.S. Highway 1 in Mims, Florida, is a 318-acre parcel that was purchased in 2012 with plans for 163,000 burial sites for veterans and their eligible dependents.
The Department of Veteran Affairs provides the gravesite, opening and closing of the grave, government headstone or marker, U.S. burial flag, Presidential Memorial Certificate and perpetual care of the gravesite at no cost to the family.
The Cape Canaveral National Cemetery offers plots for those who choose a traditional burial with casketed remains, and also in-ground and even above ground options for those who desire cremation as a way to memorialize their life and service to the United States of America.
All members of the armed forces and veterans who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and met minimum active duty service requirements are eligible.
For all questions regarding burial eligibility and burial application at the cemetery, contact Cape Canaveral National Cemetery at 321-383- 2638.
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