To the editor:
On Dec.15, the Wreaths Across America mission to “remember, honor and teach” about our veterans held a very successful nationwide event. In total 1.8 million wreaths were placed on veteran graves in cemeteries across the nation.
In addition, and for the first time ever, 9,387 wreaths were placed at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France.
At San Joaquin National Cemetery near Santa Nella, and in Hills Ferry Cemetery at Newman, volunteers placed 3,124 wreaths on veterans graves (the majority at San Joaquin).
I am so pleased and proud to say that the city of Newman, and staff members at City Hall, the Newman Police Department, Department of Public Works and the Newman Volunteer Fire Department provided 127 of those wreaths.
Thanks to so many other donors and volunteers, we were able to honor 10 percent of the veterans buried at San Joaquin National Cemetery, where more than 30,000 veterans are interred. We were able to place a few wreaths at Hills Ferry Cemetery, where more than 200 veterans are buried. Our national cemetery is one of only two where grave-specific requests for wreath placement are accepted.
We will begin the sales of these wreaths much earlier this year. However, to get them placed on a specific grave, certain paperwork is required. Those with any questions on this process may contact Gaylene Ramos at 209-604-0921 or me at 209-681-5220.
Once again, a big thank you to all who supported Wreaths of America in 2018.